Welcome to the website of the Dunedin/Port Chalmers branch, of the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ).
The Waterfront Workers Union and Seafarers Unions formed the Maritime Union of New Zealand in 2002. It was a logical move for the two closely allied groups of workers, seafarers and watersiders, whom have a long history of looking out for each other. Both Unions had their origins in the late nineteenth century, when maritime workers carried out hard, manual labour in often dangerous conditions.
The history of Maritime industries has been one of casual labour, injury, and death on the job; not to mention ruthless employers. Our members have had to fight for and defend their right to secure permanent jobs, a decent wage and safe work conditions, in what is still a very dangerous work environment. We have stood together to improve the lot of working people and their communities since those early days. It is this commitment and participation of the rank and file which defines the strength and pragmatism of the Maritime Union of New Zealand in an evolving economy. In the 21st century, our workforce continues it’s vital role in New Zealand’s economy and it’s international trade links. The Maritime Union of New Zealand intends to continue it’s proud tradition of democracy and standing up for one another, to maintain a just workplace.