Appeal to Solidarnosc!
An appeal to our Polish cuzzies,to support Auckland’s port workers,
Attack on New Zealand Trade Union – Can you assist?
Date: Thursday, 8 March, 2012 3:44 PM
From: “Frank Macskasy” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Attack on New Zealand Trade Union – Can you assist?
Fraternal greetings from New Zealand!
As throughout the world, New Zealand is experiencing it’s own share of industrial conflict.We have experienced lock-outs of workers at meat-processing plants (http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/business/6523789/Affco-to-lockout-more-workers); strikes by aged-care workers who are on low wages(http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6536400/Resident-joins-resthome-workers-on-strike); and just recently, 300 maritime workers were sacked by their employer, Ports of Auckland Ltd – a company that is owned by the Auckland City Council (http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/business/6537074/Fight-on-as-Auckland-wharfies-made-redundant).
The employers (POAL, Ports of Auckland Ltd) is attempting to smash the maritime union’s presence on the Port and is attempting to casualise the workforce and contract out the work to private stevedoring companies.
This would effectively reduce wages and destroy unionised representation on the wharves in Auckland City.
In 1981, when Solidarnosc was under attack by the Kremlin’s puppets, New Zealanders rallied to help the people of Poland. When General Jaruzelski declared martial law, New Zealanders marched in support of Polish workers – with an estimated 10,000 people taking part in Wellington City.
We ask that Solidarnosc offer some measure of support to striking maritime workers who have lost their jobs, and that you ask the Mayor of Auckland (Len Brown) and the Prime Minister of New Zealand (John Key) to intercede to save these workers’ jobs;
Mayor of Auckland
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Any moral support that you can provide will be greatly appreciated and will contain great symbolism, considering New Zealand’s support for Solidarnosc in the 1980s.
In solidarity with our Polish cousins,
Blogger, “Frankly Speaking”
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