On 13 February 1951, New Zealand’s most significant industrial dispute began. For 151 days the most advanced sections of the New Zealand working class led by the watersiders fought a tough battle against employers and the State. The following documentary from 2001 is essential viewing of this landmark in New Zealand working class history.
Global union the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today described POALs lockout decision as “unbelievable, unlawful and practically suicidal”.
The Maritime Union of New Zealand has attacked “bogus claims” by Ports of Auckland management that workers are to blame for the loss of Maersk’s Southern Star shipping service at Ports of Auckland.
The Maritime Union says comments by Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson about Maersk shipping pulling their Auckland service are mistaken and confused.
The dispute at Ports of Auckland is the result of a management agenda to divide the workforce.
The Maritime Union is supporting locked out members of the National Distribution Union at Progressive Enterprises sites in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch.
Maritime Union General Secretary Trevor Hanson says the Union has committed itself to financial, practical and moral support for the workers and their pickets.
He says the situation is a serious one because it showed how multinational corporates in New Zealand are determined to create a low-wage economy.