Press releases were issued this morning by the Maritime Union of New Zealand, and our allies in the Labour and Green Parties. They are reprinted below.
Tagged: Labour Party
Labour’s new policy on work and wages, announced today, is good for the working people of New Zealand.
On Wednesday 23 December representatives from the Maritime Union of New Zealand, Auckland Branch, Local 13 met with Labour MP’s Trevor Mallard, Phil Twyford and Darien Fenton regarding the future of key Auckland assets under the proposed Super City legislation.
The Maritime Union of New Zealand has welcomed the release of the Labour Party’s policy for employment relations today.
Maritime Union General Secretary Trevor Hanson says it is important that the policy has focussed on providing protections for workers in a time of global economic turmoil.
“The Maritime Union position is that we need to pay more attention to the job security and stability for workers, and this policy has taken these issues on board.”
The Maritime Union has announced its priorities for the 2008 election.
Maritime Union General Secretary Trevor Hanson says the Union wants to see the return of a Labour-led Government to continue what he describes as incremental but positive moves to develop the maritime and transport industries.
Mr Hanson says the Maritime Union is strongly endorsing the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) election policy document, especially regarding key issues such as wages, employment relations, health and safety, ACC, and transport.
The Maritime Union says a new employment Bill before Parliament is good news for casual workers.
Maritime Union General Secretary Trevor Hanson says that many New Zealand workers are struggling with the insecurity of casual work.
The Maritime Union welcomed the Bill which featured increased powers for Labour Inspectors to determine whether workers were fixed-term or permanent employees, and tests to determine whether a worker has progressed from casual to permanent employment.
The Maritime Union has welcomed a Government announcement that it intends to improve protections for casual workers.
Maritime Union General Secretary Trevor Hanson says the Union has been arguing since 1991 that the practice of employing casual labour on the waterfront is degrading and unfair.
“It is similar to the situation of a century ago when workers lined up for work at the port gate, and many were victimized or refused work.”
Maritime unions from around the Pacific are represented in Wellington this week for the second three-yearly conference of the Maritime Union of New Zealand.
The Maritime Union of New Zealand has welcomed delegations from the All Japan Dockers Union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) from the west coast of North America, and the Maritime Union of Australia, who have made presentations at the conference on industrial and political issues.
Maritime Union General Secretary Trevor Hanson says several key themes have emerged from the Conference.