Maritime Union of New Zealand Blog
Aotearoa-New Zealand is an island nation dependent on trade to survive. But because our coastal shipping was deregulated by the Government in the 1990’s, we now rely on multinational shipping companies to carry our...
The Maritime Union of New Zealand was formed in 2002 when the New Zealand Waterfront Workers’ Union and the New Zealand Seafarers’ Union joined together. We represent waterfront workers, seafarers and related workers in New Zealand.
The Maritime Union says Ports of Auckland needs to cut its losses and put its automation project on hold to alleviate pressure on New Zealand businesses.
Stevedoring employer ISO’s negligence led to the death of a young woman employee in 2018. This is a symptom of the health and safety crisis on the New Zealand waterfront.
Claims by Ports of Auckland that Government quarantine regulations are to blame for their failures are embarrassing and should be withdrawn.
The Maritime Union is questioning the reasons provided for ongoing delays at the Ports of Auckland and says there is a need for an honest conversation about what has gone wrong at the port.
Ports of Auckland Limited CEO Tony Gibson has told media that there are no New Zealand workers available for key jobs including crane and straddle drivers.
However the Union has an email from a former POAL employee that turns him down for a job as a straddle driver, and instead offers a role for skilled lashing work on a ship.