Union calls for inquiry after stevedore falls to death at New Zealand’s Auckland Port

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has joined the Maritime Union of New Zealand in calling for a national inquiry into port safety following the death of a dockworker at New Zealand’s Port of Auckland.

Initial reports indicated that the docker died after a fall from a height while he was working on Singaporean-flagged container vessel Capitaine Tasman, according to the ITF.

The ITF is also backing calls by the Maritime Union of New Zealand for a national inquiry into port safety. It said that this followed an “unacceptable number of deaths and injuries” that had occurred in recent years in New Zealand ports.

According to the Maritime Union of New Zealand, the victim was employed at the private stevedoring company Wallace Investments.

Ports of Auckland is actually made up of the main Port of Auckland and also smaller ports of Onehunga and Chelsea Wharf, in addition to four inland ports.