Thu, 08 Mar 2012 7:04a.m.
The tension is increasing on Auckland's waterfront.
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8/03/2012 2:04:44 p.m.
Through industrial action the Martime union has ransomed NZ for perks for over 50 years ...This is just the strike too far. They had the choice of negotiate more flexable hours with a colelctive agreement - instead they chose ongoing industrial action and threw the jobs away. They even force the ports hands to bring in outsourced labour by taking a 4 week strike - talk about stuppid!@Michael such bigotry. The union is the biggest bunch of bigots around and discriminate continuely against non-union. Such actions if they were directed at someone for the race, colour of their skin, or their religion would be too much - yet the same discrimination because its a union is acceptable?NZ has laws to protect workers who want to be in a union. The flip side is we should have laws to protect workers who dont want to be discriminated against for not being in a union!We know that unrinating in BBQ's, intimidation, years of industrial action, topped with another 4 week strike may be just normal for the Maritime union. The rest of NZ has had enough. If poll NZ, truely poll, not a TV setup, will find that support for the extremes the Martime union has been demanding would get closer to 10% support than a majority. The rest of NZ lives in reality, not the cushy fantasy land that Martime union have given its memebers through over 50 years of industrial action holding NZ to ransom.
8/03/2012 11:51:32 a.m.
It is never a nice thing to have uncertainty with income but it is a sign of the times where some of us without employment would love any work at all. It is plain to see that despite being on call the existing work needs to continue, and the planned port extensions could enhance some work opportunities. Continued long-term strike action will only give other ports the opportunity to take extra work. Then they will discover it is profitable and the truckies get extra haulage as well. Win win situation and Auckland you loose it all. An don't think the Chinese will stop at taking up the chance to take your jobs. Those that have a home loan can continue paying for it and those that don't only have to work a year showing the bank average earnings to get one.
8/03/2012 9:38:44 a.m.
So far as I'm concerned, if you take a striking worker's job, you're a scab - and your kids are scabs, and your grandkids are scabs too.
8/03/2012 9:25:57 a.m.
More Union Lies! wrote:
Nice Try Gary Parsloe! Your greed and deluded sense of self importance has backfired on you and your silly supporters. To say that the negotiations were a sham is merely an attempt on your part to cover for your obvious imeptitude. The link below actually tells to true story rather than the lies the Maritime Union would have everyone believe.http://www.poal.co.nz/shipping_cargo/downloads/20120221_IAU_UnionMisinformation.pdf
8/03/2012 8:58:48 a.m.
Unions say the Ports won't budge. What they mean is that they won't do what the Unions want. In the long run unions just don't help the working classes - the workers will never get back what they have lost in industrial actions. Meanwhile the Union leaders are getting paid...
8/03/2012 7:39:40 a.m.
So contracting out is totally successful at Ports of Tauranga and the work staff there work hard and are apparently content with their conditions and Port of Auckland want a similar model. It appears the Union is the one refusing to embrace change for its workers and has consequently made them reduntant. Not a great result for the workers who presumably had the typical attitude of making the employers pay to get their way. It does not work. Change is inevitable.
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