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Shipboard protest action gets results

Shipboard protest action gets results for New Zealand seafarers

Maritime Union of New Zealand media release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saturday 4 November 2006

The Maritime Union says a meeting has been set up with shipping company Hapag Lloyd to discuss ongoing employment for New Zealand seafarers in the trans-Tasman trade.

Maritime Union Auckland Seafarers Branch Secretary Garry Parsloe says the crew of the Rotoiti carried out a successful protest action aboard the freighter this morning at the Ports of Auckland.

He says shipping company Hapag Lloyd have now agreed to meet with the Maritime Union on 15 November to discuss ongoing employment for New Zealand seafarers in the trans-Tasman trade.

"We feel this is a positive result as we wanted dialogue with the company, and they have accepted they have some social responsibility towards New Zealand seafarers."

Mr Parsloe says if international shippers were making money out of carrying New Zealand cargoes, then New Zealand seafarers should be offered employment in that trade.

ENDS

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