10 March – Today was a True Labour Day!
Yesterday, thousands of ordinary folk - many from overseas – marched through the streets of Auckland in protest at unfair treatment, and in support of maritime workers. The numbers ranged from 2,000 to 3,000 to 5,000 to simply ‘thousands‘ – but regardless how many took to the streets, it was a grand effort,
The March was a testament to the sense of fairplay and support for the underdog, that many New Zealanders hold dear and cherish as a value.
And it will continue to grow. When citizens discover the raw power that they wield, they use it to stunning effect. Just ask any dictator in the Middle East , or former leaders from Soviet-era Eastern Europe.
This industrial bonfire has been sparked by a Ports of Auckland Ltd (POAL) Board and CEO, Tony Gibson, who have engaged in dishonest tactics; unprofessional behaviour; a sham negotiation process; and are now wasting tens of thousands of ratepayers’ dollars on full page ads in the Herald (which are nothing more than one-sided propaganda).
But it’s hardly surprising really, that Gibson is trying to destroy the Maritime Union and de-unionise the port. A de-unionised workforce is cheaper and more readily exploited for port companies and shipping lines – shipping lines like Maersk, which have been playing off Auckland and Tauranga Ports against each other.
Maersk – the shipping company Tony Gibson used to work for,
No divided loyalities or conflict of interest there, I hope, Mr Gibson?
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Meanwhile, true loyalties were expressed when local Auckland councillors, Community Board members, Members of Parliament, and unionists came from around the world to support port workers and their families.
Photos courtesy of various good people who were fortunate to attend the March (I am so incredibly envious!!!) and presented in no particular sequential order,
- Roll Call of Honour -
Members of Parliament
Jacinda Ardern, MP, Labour
Charles Chauvel, MP, Labour
David Cunliffe, MP, Labour
Darien Fenton, MP, Labour
Hone Harawira, MP, Mana Party leader
Parekura Horomia, MP, Labour
Andrew Little, MP, Labour
Moana Mackey, MP, Labour
Nanaia Mahuta, MP, Labour
Sue Moroney, MP, Labour
Ross Robertson, MP, Labour
Denise Roche, MP, Green Party
David Shearer, MP, Labour leader
Sua William Sio, MP, Labour
Rino Tirakatene, MP, Labour
Phil Twyford, MP, Labour
Louisa Wall, MP, Labour
Megan Woods, MP, Labour
Auckland City Councillors
Community Board Members
Josephine Bartley, Tamaki Subdivision of the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board
Leila Boyle, Tamaki Subdivision of the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board
Shale Chambers, Waitemata Local Board
Christopher Dempsey, Waitemata Local Board
Julie Fairey, Puketapapa Local Board
Graeme Easte, Albert-Eden Local Board
Catherine Farmer, Whau Local Board
Grant Gillon, Kaipatiki Local Board
Peter Haynes, Albert-Eden Local Board
Richard Hills, Kaipatiki Local Board
Vivienne Keohane, Kaipatiki Local Board
Tafafuna’i Tasi Lauese, Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board
Simon Mitchell, Albert-Eden Local Board
Greg Presland, Waitakere Ranges Local Board
Patricia M Reade, Waitemata Local Board
Leau Peter Skelton, Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board
Lydia Sosene, Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board
Michael Wood, Puketapapa Local Board
Denise Yates, chair of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board
International Trade Unionists
Ray Familathe, International Transport Workers Federation representative
Mauro Viera, Sydney stevedore
& many others!
Young Activist Heroes!
NZ First Youth
And last, and most important,
The People of Auckland who Marched!
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