The Maritime Union of New Zealand has offered its support and solidarity to the Pike River miners.
Maritime Union General Secretary Joe Fleetwood says maritime workers understand the tough conditions that miners work in and share the concerns of all New Zealanders for the miners and their families.
“The special bond between miners and maritime workers goes back in New Zealand over a century, and history records the times when miners came to the assistance of maritime workers.”
“Thus we see these workers and their families and community as our own.”
The Maritime Union has offered support via the union representing many of the miners, the EPMU.