Ports Update

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Irene’s Remedy has left the port. It was turned around ahead of schedule.  It was due to sail at 19:00 today but due to increased productivity at the port has been able to leave nearly 4 hour earlier than planned.

The non-union stevedores have raised the container crane move rate from the old day of  26.1 moves to 32-34 moves an hour on a par with Tauranga which has a rate of 34.9 moves. It is amazing what can be achieved in just 4 days without union interference. By removing the malignant presence of the union the Port has seen a dramatic increase in productivity.

The Standard claims that the port used to deal with 4 ships per day this is a lie. The usual rate is on average there are 1.6 ships per day berthing at the Fergusson Container Terminal. At every step in this dispue the union has lied. They lied about pay rates, they lied about the letters sent to staff, and now they are lying as are their lap-bloggers about ship arrivals.

The next ship is due in on Sunday. It will be worked and the union will sit outside and watch. Every ship unloaded will see union resolve ebb away.

Despite Garry Parsloe’s bravado that not a single ship would be processed at the port during the strike we have now seen two processed in record times. No wonder his members are now crossing the picket and calling for secret ballots.

Why won’t they have a secret ballot?


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