The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

MUNZ welcomes sentencing in port death case

Fallen Comrade Mark Samoa with his niece Azarliah. Mark is also survived by his partner Sarah and three children Gemma, and two boys Maleko and Cale. Source: MUA

The Maritime Union has welcomed the sentencing of a port company following the death of a union member in a workplace accident in 2013.

Mark Samoa died […]


ITF announces ‘victory for the good guys’ in long running Auckland dispute

In March 2013, ILWU delegates stood in solidarity with the Maritime Union of New Zealand against outsourcing and anti-union tactics employed by POAL. Pictured: MUNZ officers Joe Fleetwood and Garry Parsloe, with ILWU International Vice President-Mainland Ray Familathe in the center.

Good news for New Zealand dockworkers from the International Transport Workers’ federation:

The […]


Maritime Union of New Zealand supports ILWU in letter to PMA

Last year, the ILWU supported Maritime Union of New Zealand workers in their fight for good jobs in the Port of Auckland. Pictured are MUNZ officers Joe Fleetwood and Garry Parsloe, with ILWU International Vice President-Mainland Ray Familathe in the center.

Joe Fleetwood, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, has sent […]


MUNZ: TraPac supervisors screamed at crew to 'wash the blood off the deck and carry on' after LA fatality

The following letter was sent this morning from Joe Fleetwood, our union brother and National Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, to Frank Pisano, Executive Vice President of TraPac regarding a fatality on a ship in Los Angeles. Download the original letter by clicking on the graphic, or scroll down to read the […]


New Zealand port death: Unions call for health and safety review

MUNZ member Warren Ritchie, 49, was killed at the Port at Lyttelton on Saturday. Our condolences go out to Brother Richie’s family, friends and colleagues.

Unions are calling for a health and safety review at the Port of Lyttelton after the second death there within a month.

A watersider died Saturday on board a fertiliser […]


Maritime Union holds 4th Triennial Conference 6–9 November 2012

The Maritime Union held its 4th Triennial Conference in Wellington from Tuesday 6 November to Friday 9 November.

Maritime Union of New Zealand General Secretary Joe Fleetwood says the Conference concludes a three year period of intense activity for the Union.

He says that the Ports of Auckland dispute had been on the agenda, along […]


New Zealand: New ports bill a positive move

From the Maritime Union of New Zealand:

Maritime Union of New Zealand General Secretary Joe Fleetwood

The Maritime Union says a new members bill that will increase the transparency and accountability of publicly owned New Zealand ports is a positive move and has wide support.

Maritime Union of New Zealand General Secretary Joe Fleetwood says […]


New Zealand gov't to ban foreign-flagged fishing vessels

New Zealand’s government has announced that foreign charter fishing vessels working in New Zealand waters will have to be reflagged under the national flag over a four-year transition period.

The move is “welcome, right and overdue. Scandal has followed scandal in this area in recent years, including grave instances of crew abuse. We congratulate MUNZ […]


New Zealand: Thousands rally for sacked Ports workers

Watch video: “Thousands of Port Workers March”

ILWU Local 10’s Melvin MacKay and MUNZ’ Joe Fleetwood, photographed at Saturday’s rally by MUNZ dockworker Dave Phillips.

ONE News reporter Stephen Smith said around 5000 protesters, including firefighters, meat workers, rest home nurses, even politicians, took to street, yelling slogans such as “workers rights are under attack!” […]


Maersk denies 'going silent' to avoid detection during New Zealand strike

The Maersk Aberdeen, pictured here, and the Irenes Remedy, below, recently visited the Ports of Auckland without using their AIS systems, said officials at the Maritime Union of New Zealand.

Shipping line Maersk is denying claims its ships deliberately turned off navigation devices to avoid people knowing it had visited the strike ravaged Auckland […]


Solidarity for workers at the Ports of Auckland, New Zealand

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has sent the following letter to dockworkers around the world. Please also see the Maritime Union of New Zealand’s video message following the letter.

Dear Friends,

The Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) and Ports of Auckland Limited (POAL) have been negotiating to renew the collective agreement at the […]


MUNZ: New Zealand should pull out of free trade deals

MUNZ General Secretary Joe Fleetwood says, "Big corporates from China have already indicated that want to get control of the supply chain, their plan is to buy up the mines, the agriculture, the land, the transport system, they have already tried to buy a port as they already own our shipping. … We will […]


Maritime Union will campaign against Govt attacks on workers

The Maritime Union of New Zealand says changes in employment law today are just the start of a broader attack on New Zealand's society by the National Government's right wing agenda.

Maritime Union General Secretary Joe Fleetwood says the changes to employment laws that came into force on 1 April are serious enough, but […]