Maritime Union doesn’t want new jobs? It’s not the first time

The tired old dinosaurs at the Maritime Union are flexing their withered muscles again.

They really don’t want more jobs, just to protect the dwindling ones they’ve got.

A global campaign against oil operator Chevron has come to New Zealand, with maritime unions saying the company has a bad record of dealing with local communities around the world.

Newly elected Maritime Union of Australia Deputy National Secretary Will Tracey, lead negotiator for the offshore oil and gas industry in Western Australia, met with a group of parliamentarians in Wellington this afternoon to raise awareness of problems that local communities have experienced with Chevron.

Chevron are a new entrant into the New Zealand oil and gas industry. The company was recently awarded three offshore exploration permits in the Pegasus Basin, in partnership with StatOil. Chevron is the operator.

Mr Tracey says that unions understand Chevron has begun consultation with their local stakeholders. ??

He says he has a personal interest in bringing this campaign to New Zealand, as he has strong family connections to the Wellington area with immediate family from the Hongoeka Bay Pa, as well as living there as a young boy. He is affiliated to the Ng?ti Toa iwi on his grandfather?s side and Ng?i Tahu on his grandmothers.

“We want to ensure all of these stakeholders receive the full picture of Chevron?s activities around the world. We are talking to workers, politicians, environmental groups, iwi, and local communities about problems with Chevron?s engagement with indigenous communities, their stewardship of the natural environment, and their workforce relations.”

The visit follows a protest outside the New Zealand consulate in Perth, Western Australia, on 12 May 2015, where Australian and New Zealand maritime workers were joined by supporters to register their concerns with Chevron entering the New Zealand offshore industry.

Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood, who also attended todays meeting, says the presence of Chevron is not welcomed by New Zealand maritime workers.

Really? They don’t want higher paying jobs in the oil industry?

I wonder if these union thugs are prepared to put that to a secret ballot?

Watch Labour jump on this band-wagon too. They seem more at home bashing Asians, cuddling criminals and looking after the rights of illegal wogs.

 

– Yahoo!

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