Ports Update, Ctd

Updated – 0912

via the tipline

The tipline is humming, I have many voicemails and emails about the situation down at the Port this morning.

Illegal Pickets on Roadways

The Maritime Union are now running illegal pickets this morning at every entrance to Ports of Auckland including Captain Cook Wharf. The terminal was due to open at 0730 for road transfers, and instead drivers were faced with a wall of picketers blocking the road. The Police are in attendance. Traffic is blocked up all along Tamaki Drive, and back into the city.

This represents a major change in tactics, and shows that the Aussies are now running the show. The efforts of MUNZ and CTU appear to have been cast asideand replaced by a more militant and potentially violent confrontation.

Wait for the reports of poor protesters injured by the Police, and drivers intimidated by MUNZ members. The Aussies will be well out of the way, but you can be sure that the influence has come from them, and that they are now pulling the strings.

Gone is the moderate approach promoted by the MUNZ members that their action and presence at the wharf was a demonstration, not a picket.

The action moves from a dispute about flexibility and working conditions to an ego driven defence of the world of Trade Unions.

Access for Workers difficult

Many of the IEA’s were granted access to the wharf through other entrances in order to protect themselves and their cars from MUNZ bullying.

This morning The Maritime Union have been verbally attacking and bullying more than 50% of the people who work at the port who are not union.  That includes cleaners, office staff, payroll, managers, mechanics etc and those who are not union but are still being made redundant.

Union Intimidation

During the staged picket this morning they surrounded a woman’s car and shook it while she was inside it.  The woman has been posting comments here telling the truth about and they’ve identified her by some of her comments. As a result they have decided to bully and intimidate her. This is disgraceful behaviour from the maritim Union thugs and bullies.

The Maritime Union continue their love of threats and confrontational bullying even though it is that which is sealing the lid of their coffin.

The wonder is that Labour has decided to support people who will bully and intimidate women who are guilty of only expressing a view.

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