Maritime Union of Australia
2 September 2021
On behalf of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, please accept our condolences and respect on the passing of John Coombs. John was held in high regard by our Union.
His leadership of the MUA at the time of the Patrick Dispute had an international impact. There is no doubt that if there had been a different outcome in that dispute, employers around the Pacific would have followed in the attack on organized labour.
As it was the MUA stood fast, and we all benefited from the message that maritime workers are an internationally organized force to be reckoned with. The international links that were forged and strengthened at that time have remained in place ever since.
John’s life-time record of work includes the formation of the MUA and establishment of industry super funds, and these achievements speak for themselves.
He leaves a great legacy, and we share your sorrow at his loss, while celebrating his life. Please pass on to John’s family our sympathy and best wishes.
Yours in unity,
Maritime Union of New Zealand