Youth and women workers from the maritime industry throughout New Zealand attended the inaugural Maritime Women and Youth Seminar in Wellington on 8 July 2016.
The Maritime Union of New Zealand has poured scorn on a bill introduced to Parliament by ACT MP Roger Douglas to reintroduce youth rates.
The Minimum Wage (Mitigation of Youth Unemployment) Amendment Bill was drawn from the Members’ bills ballot yesterday, and the Union is urging the Government to distance itself from it.
The Maritime Union of New Zealand is supporting the Corrections Association in their protest today against prison privatization at the opening of Parliament.
Maritime Union of New Zealand General Secretary Joe Fleetwood says the safety and security of workers comes before cost cutting measures, and the Government has lost the plot in its prisons policies.
The uprising amongst New Zealand youth against low pay and insecure jobs is being backed by the Maritime Union.
Maritime Union General Secretary Trevor Hanson says all workers should support young people who are taking part in campaign activities, including industrial action at fast food outlets and the recent street rallies and concerts.
“What we are seeing is the inevitable reaction from working class young people who have become a low-wage generation.”