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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Unions gather to strengthen South Pacific trade unionism

Maritime Unions have met in Auckland, New Zealand, to work towards a Regional Maritime Federation to build union strength throughout the South Pacific.

The meeting brought together the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ), the Papua New Guinea Maritime and Transport Workers Union (MTWU), the Australian Maritime Officers Union […]

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New Zealand dockworker injured in fall from ship

An Auckland port worker is in intensive care after he fell from a container ship.

The Maritime Union says the stevedore was on the bow of a ship docked at the Waitemata Harbour port when the accident happened at about 8pm on Wednesday.

The union’s secretary, Russell Mayn, said the man has multiple injuries and […]

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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 […]

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Maritime union leaders gather in Papua New Guinea to initiate new federation

[Note: You can listen to this story’s interview with Paddy Crumlin, General Secretary of the MUA and President of the International Federation of Transport Workers, at this link.]

Paddy Crumlin

Transport union leaders from across the Asia Pacific are taking the first steps towards forming a regional grouping.

The move is being spearheaded by […]

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Ports of Auckland wins back Maersk service

The Port of Tauranga’s share price fell after Ports of Auckland announced that shipping line Maersk would resume its Southern Star service to Auckland, starting from July.

The Southern Star service moved from Auckland to Tauranga at the height of the port’s bitter dispute with the Maritime Union in December, 2011.

In 2011, Maersk said […]

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ITF Reiterates Global Support for MUNZ Workers in Auckland

In March, 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.

ITF comment on Ports of Auckland, New Zealand:

In the wake of initial signs […]

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Ports of Auckland fined $40,000 for illegal actions against its workforce

The Employment Relations Authority has fined the Ports of Auckland $40,000 for illegally employing strike breaking contractors during industrial action at the Port earlier this year.

Ports of Auckland Limited (POAL) broke the law when they employed an overseas engineer at the cost of $10,000 a week to undertake the work of MUNZ members.

In […]

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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 […]

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Rebel Ports of Auckland union signs collective agreement

MUNZ members, seen above, have fought the Ports of Auckland’s casualization plans. A breakaway group of workers has signed a scab collective agreement giving the Port an agreement inferior to the MUNZ contract.

PortPro is an officially registered union for Ports of Auckland workers, but don’t expected the Council of Trade Unions to support […]

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Moroccan port unionist released

Click on the image above to watch a related video from the Maritime Union of Australia.

The call to free Said El Hairech took on international dimensions

The UMT union worker that organised both a Tangier dockworker agreement and protests against the stranding of nearly 200 Moroccan seafarers in Spanish and French […]

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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 […]

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