On 13 February 1951, New Zealand’s most significant industrial dispute began. For 151 days the most advanced sections of the New Zealand working class led by the watersiders fought a tough battle against employers and the State. The following documentary from 2001 is essential viewing of this landmark in New Zealand working class history.
New Zealand maritime workers played a leading role in supporting the UK miners in their darkest hour, under savage attack from the Thatcher Tory Government
The story of how New Zealand seamen donated tens of thousands of dollars and sent a secret container of 18,100 pounds of lamb to the UK miners in 1984/1985.
Heavy criticism of the use of overseas labour in the New Zealand fishing industry in a major US Government report is justified, and confirms how bad practices have become in the New Zealand maritime sector.
The Maritime Union of New Zealand supports the ILWU struggle for decent jobs at the Port of Longview.
New Zealand maritime workers will be going up the gangway this week to check out ships flying “flags of convenience” and ensure that crew conditions, wages, and health and safety standards are up to scratch.
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.