Maritime Union pays respects to Nelson Mandela and his legacy

The Maritime Union of New Zealand has paid its respects to the late Nelson Mandela.

Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says maritime workers were longtime supporters of the battle against apartheid.

“Seafarers and waterfront workers in New Zealand were active over many decades in supporting the struggle of Nelson Mandela and the countless others who fought against this evil system.”

Mr Fleetwood says that for many years the political establishment in New Zealand and elsewhere in the Western world labelled Mandela and anti-apartheid militants as terrorists.

“During this time of shame, maritime workers backed the global struggle against apartheid.”

“We are proud of our small role and we salute the memory and legacy of Nelson Mandela.”

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