Wharfies abusive, demanding - Port

  • Breaking
  • 12/03/2012

By 3 News online staff
Ports of Auckland says striking port workers have been intimidating and abusing people this morning.

The wharfies formed a picket line this morning from 4am and tried to stop marine crews arriving to work.

In a statement today, Ports of Auckland says the police were called to protect staff, truck drivers and visitors.

It says the Maritime Union members were forcing cars to stop, demanding reasons for entering the port, verbally abusing people, taking photos of licence plates and one person hit a car.

Ports of Auckland says picketers also delayed the berthing of a cruise ship and a container ship and Ports of Auckland is investigating staff complaints.

Pickets have been blocking parts of Fergusson Terminal, Tinley St, Captain Cook Wharf, Princes Wharf and Wynyard Wharf.

The  Port wants people to behave safely.

“Ports of Auckland is urging Union leadership to take control of its members on the picket line to ensure that conduct on the picket line is lawful, to protect the safety of those who have a right to access the Port and to work.”

The actions today are part of a six-week strike by Maritime Union members after Ports of Auckland announced it would make nearly 300 workers redundant so it can introduce competitive stevedoring by outside contractors at its Fergusson and Bledisloe container terminals. 

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