Slow Learners

The Maritime Union has, as predicted, lost another legal battle. The Maritime Union seems to be struggling with the concept that it is no longer legally able to shut down the ports of a whole country in 1950s style workplace terror attacks. Secondary strikes, sympathy strikes and general strikes are all illegal. This si now the third time they have tried it on, and the third time they have been told to work.

Lyttelton Port has been granted an injunction forcing unionised staff to work on ”blacked” ship Lisa Schulte.

About 150 members of Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) and Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) have been called off picket lines, which they had manned since midday following the Employment Court ruling.

The dispute began on Tuesday, when union officials indicated Christchurch members would refuse to work the Lisa Schulte because it had been worked on by non-union staff at Auckland.

MUNZ Lyttelton organiser Les Wells said the action was to show solidarity with Auckland union members.

This morning, Ports of Auckland announced it was making 292 wharfies redundant and forcing them to reapply for their jobs. It would contract out work on its container wharves.

Manning the picket line before the injunction was imposed, MUNZ member Mike Will said: “This is not just about us, but workers all across the country.”

Earlier today port chief executive Peter Davie said the action was a secondary strike, which was illegal.

Despite this Davie said Lyttelton staff were ”really great to work with”.

“This isn’t our fight,” he said.

“We don’t have a fight with our staff. Our staff have been really great to work with.”

What is really disgusting about the action at Lyttelton, apart from being illegal, is that there were may supplies for the rebuild of Christchurch aboard the ship. One of my commenters noted this:

I have a container on the Lisa Schulte.  We urgently need the shipment for urgent Canterbury rebuild work.  If it is held up by illegal strike action, I will be encouraging my shipping company to take action against the illegal strikers for damages.

Haven’t the people of Christchurch suffered enough without the added depredations being visited on them by an uncaring Maritime Union?

It is disgusting that the Maritime Union will hold up re-build intiatives in Chrsitchurch in order to prove a point in Auckland. Luckily our courts are upholding the rule of law.

The Maritime Union and their nasty mates from America who are advising them need to be told to sling their hooks and leave the people of Christchurch alone.


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  • ConwayCaptain

    Now they will get redundancy pay outs and the stevedoring cos when they hire workers for the work in Akl will make damn sure that none of the stirrers and malcontents will get signed on.

    Maybe they should ask their BRUVVERS in Aus or the US for a job!!!

    I notice that G Parsloe Esq, Stirrer of this Parish, was calling his members COMRADES when he was haranging them yesterday.  Is he perchance a relative of one Socialist Cindy who has never got her hands dirty working for a commercial enterprise.

  • David

    As soon as Helen Kelly got involved the workers she professes to care about were sacrificed to her pathological,hatred of National.
    Kelly,s ongoing agenda cost these guys their livelihood (although that 64 year old onntv last night has hit lotto with his redundancy payment 6 months out from claiming the pension), if left unchecked this daft woman will totally destroy the union movement, what’s left of it. Manchurian candidate ?

    • Blokeintakapuna

      let’s hope she does destroy them – NZ deserves to be free of these self-centered parasites!

  • Hakim of phut

    Congratulations on your victory General Phyrus.

    • ConwayCaptain


      When SCONZ went to the wall it was suggested that they declare everyone redundant and re employ on a new contract.

      Most of the officers were for it as they could have got rid of the deadwood in  both the officers and seamen.

      Unfortunately no one in the management had the guts to do it.  we may still have had a NZ shipping industry now.

      In my experience there were 25% of the union who were good workers, 25% shit and 50% that just did as the union delegate told them  If you  lucky you had a ship where most if not all the crew were in the first 25%. On some of the good runs like the run to the Cooks and of the other 25% who joined either conformed or were out.  That is why G Parsloe didnt last.

      I was on one ship and they wanted an extra crew member and the dispute went on for 18 nonths and NOTHING was done on the ship.  The Bosun was a lazy Scouser and the rest did damn all and it was the scruffiest ship I ever served on.  My favourite ship had a good crew who took a pride in their ship and worked bloody hard, especially at survey time.

      At survey time we had to send down all gear, strip it, inspect it with a surveyor, re rig and this was 10 derrickks, 4 cranes + all the Firefighting and Life saving gear.  Oh and you couldnt stop cargo and we were loading 5 hatches for the Mediterranean  A Med load is complex at the best of times let alone doing it with a survey as well.

      My crew worked BLOODY HARD and we were proud of what we did.  Oh and tghe crew delegate was a died in the wool unionist, was there for years and made sure that the crew worked well.

  • Bob

    MUNZ really are scum, the denial of a secret ballot is appalling, completely self interested and no regard for anything except themselves. How are all their members feeling about having to reapply for their cushy 90k+ jobs? How do the younger members feel about the old ones getting redundancy and their pensions while leaving them in the shit?

    MUNZ – lying, cheating scum the lot of them.

  • Macca

    I think it’s great that all these workers are striking, agitating and showing their true colours in general.!

    At last the bulk of main stream,  hard working Kiwi’s are seeing them for what they truly are – specially as the truth has been coming out as to what they have been earning!  I reckon the bulk of those POA workers wish they could turn the clock back.

    I hope this is the start of a movement to crush the unions and their bully boy tactics once and for all.  Too long they have held employers to ransome – an New Zealand for that matter!  About time they took there ‘COMRADE’ drivel back over to Mother Russia with them where it belongs – and they can have a bloody good reality check when they get there!

  • BJ

    Some of the hard nosed MUNZ members nearing retirement age  I’m sure have wanted the outcome to be redundancy all along – in fact they’ve probably sold their other members down the road as planned – as they themselves have nothing to lose and everything to gain – lot of redundancy money for only working 28 hours a week but being paid for 40 – they can retire now.  If this dispute was resolved the old boys would have to do an ‘honest days work’ for the balance of their working days and it would probably kill them!

    • thor42

      You would need to torture Parsloe to get him to admit it, but I’m sure this is what he wanted all along.