New Zealand workers should copy workers in the UK, USA, Ireland and France who have strongly resisted attacks on public services and workers in those services.
The Maritime Union says the budget announced today is a step backward for transport infrastructure.
Maritime Union General Secretary Trevor Hanson says the lack of support for the maritime industry is a glaring omission.
Mr Hanson says the abandonment of the SeaChange strategy to build up New Zealand shipping in favour of building more roads is a bad mistake.
“The Government has poured money into roading as the world hits peak oil and climate change. They are moving in exactly the wrong direction. Shipping is the transport mode of the future that is low-impact, environmentally responsible and cost effective in the long term, but has been sidelined.”