Maritime Union members to meet during 24 hour strike at Ports of Auckland

The Maritime Union says it is committed to a resolution in the Ports of Auckland dispute, and members will be discussing a way forward during a one day strike that starts tonight.

Around 300 workers in the Ports of Auckland container terminal stevedoring, road, rail, shuttle and engineering services areas will withdraw labour for a 24 hour period starting at 10.59pm on Tuesday 2 December.

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Maritime Union confirms Ports of Auckland strike action

The Maritime Union of New Zealand has confirmed strike action at the Ports of Auckland for Tuesday 2 December and Wednesday 3 December 2008.

Fourteen days notice of the strike action was given to the Ports of Auckland management early this afternoon by Maritime Union Local 13, which represents waterfront and other workers at the Port.

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Maritime workers stand strong on Ports of Auckland picket

A positive upbeat mood and a sense of unity and determination is present at the Maritime Union of New Zealand picket line outside Ports of Auckland today.

250 workers at the Ports of Auckland container terminals are on strike for better pay and conditions.

Maritime Union of New Zealand Auckland Waterfront Branch Local 13 President Denis Carlisle says there is a sense of determination amongst striking workers, with a high level of interest from the general public.

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Industrial action on cards if job losses from Stadium

The Maritime Union of New Zealand says the Port of Auckland is too important to be disrupted by the proposed waterfront stadium.

Maritime Union Local 13 President Denis Carlisle says job losses are a major concern if the stadium interferes with the running of Ports of Auckland, and the Union would consider industrial action to protect workers livelihoods.

“The Ports of Auckland are asking for guarantees that they will not suffer any financial loss from the stadium project, and likewise the Maritime Union will be seeking compensation for our members for any loss of work.”

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Last Kiwi crew on trans-Tasman vessel stage shipboard protest

Members of the Maritime Union are staging a protest today on board a vessel at the Ports of Auckland.

Maritime Union Auckland Seafarers Branch Secretary Garry Parsloe says the crew members started their protest on the trans-Tasman freighter Rotoiti at the Ports of Auckland Bledisloe Terminal at 7am this morning Saturday 4 November 2006.

He says the crew are drawing attention to the fact that when the Rotoiti is withdrawn from service on 26 November, it will be the end of the last New Zealand crewed ship working on the trans-Tasman trade.

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