Why won’t MUNZ have a secret ballot?

via the tipline

There are some very unhappy MUNZ members out there, the tipline is going crazy this morning.

It seems that with the return of Garry Parsloe from his nice trip to Sydney a request was made for a secret ballot to be held on continuing industrial action. The request was refused.

Why would the Maritime Union stop such a democratic process as a secret ballot?

Could it be that they simply want to continue to intimidate those who think that the leadership of the union is acting against the interests of members into silence.

Another matter has also come to my notice is the issue over the strikers aid.

Garry Parsloe has made much of a donation from the MUA but  striking workers are telling me that MUNZ is tightly controlling who is able to avail themselves of the aid.

Apparently you can only receive aid if you attend the picket but questions are being asked about the distribution also as it seems that some members are getting far more aid than their attendance at the picket should allow.

Meanwhile despite Garry Parsloe talking up a storm about preventing ships being worked I am told that Irene’s Remedy processing is several hours ahead of schedule and the ship is preparing to leave this afternoon. As soon as I find out I will post the numbers regarding containers off loaded, loaded and moved per hour.

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