New Zealand port workers warn Kiwi importer of Saharawi phosphate
newzealand610.jpg

Ravensdown is "risking potentially disruptive direct action by refusing to allow port workers to register their protest at the importing of Blood Phosphate from the Western Sahara", says the New Zealand Rail and Maritime Transport Union.
Published: 21.11 - 2019 14:34Printer version    
"Blood Phosphate Importers Ravensdown Appear to Prefer Confrontation to Dialogue", is the title of a statement issued today, 21 November 2019, by the Rail & Maritime Transport Union of New Zealand.

Ravensdown Ltd is one of the two farmer cooperatives in New Zealand that import phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara - a Non-Self-Governing Territory in Northwest Africa that was brutally invaded and annexed by Morocco in 1975. To date, Morocco continues to militarily occupy three-quarters of the territory, including its phosphate reserves which are exploited to the benefit of Morocco's national treasury. The Saharawi people - living in refugee camps in Algeria or under the yoke of a brutal oppression - have not consented to the phosphate trade, as would be in line with their internationally recognised right to self-determination.

The controversial trade is documented in the annual Western Sahara Resource Watch report P for Plunder. New Zealand is one of the very few countries still importing the conflict mineral, after Spain, Lithuania, Australia, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, USA, Norway halted the trade over the last years.

‘Our understanding is that a ship chartered by Ravensdown, the Federal Crimson, carrying a cargo of blood phosphate mined in Western Sahara and being imported into New Zealand, was due to arrive in Lyttelton at the end of this week. Our sources tell us the ship is bound for Napier and then Lyttelton,’ said RMTU South Island Organiser John Kerr.

‘We’ve had contact from activist groups in Christchurch who say are preparing potentially disruptive protests against the importation of Blood Phosphate to coincide with the arrival of this ship. Last month the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) passed a resolution condemning Morocco’s illegal occupation of Western Sahara and calling upon the New Zealand government to halt importation of phosphates from the area. As an affiliate to the CTU the RMTU made a request to Ravensdown, via Lyttelton Port management, for our members to be allowed to board the vessel and deliver a letter of protest. We believe that an orderly, peaceful protest in this manner would appease those committed to more radical, disruptive tactics. Ravensdown refused our request,’ Kerr said.

‘Our fellow unionists in Australia, the Maritime Union of Australia, have used this method to register protests against Blood Phosphate imports, to us it seems a relatively mild and pragmatic way to exercise a fundamental democratic right without risking undue disruption. Unfortunately, Ravensdown appear to prefer confrontation to dialogue,’ he said.

The statement comes on the back of continuous civil society protests in different ports of New Zealand, calling on both Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients to end the import of "blood phosphate".

Since you're here....
WSRW’s work is being read and used more than ever. But our financial situation is tough. Our work takes time, dedication and diligence. But we do it because we believe it matters – and we hope you do too. If everyone who reads our website or likes us on Facebook, would contribute to our work – 3€, 5€, 27€ … what you can spare – the future of WSRW would be much more secure. You can donate to WSRW in less than a minute here.




    

Top
News:

10.12 - 2019 / 09.12 - 2019Flotilla targets phosphate plunder ship
10.12 - 2019 / 10.12 - 2019WSRW calls on UN Members to question Spain on Western Sahara at UPR
04.12 - 2019 / 04.12 - 2019Conflict beach taking shape in Canary Islands
02.12 - 2019 / 02.12 - 2019Dutch inspectors confirm controversial fish oil
02.12 - 2019 / 02.12 - 2019Kiwi port workers threaten not to discharge Western Sahara cargo
01.12 - 2019 / 30.11 - 2019Conflict sand to cover Canary beach
28.11 - 2019 / 25.11 - 2019Will COP 25 clarify if it accepts illegal projects?
28.11 - 2019 / 27.11 - 2019Enel signs contract to build Boujdour wind farm
21.11 - 2019 / 21.11 - 2019New Zealand port workers warn Kiwi importer of Saharawi phosphate
20.11 - 2019 / 19.11 - 2019Hans Corell criticizes EU fisheries in Western Sahara
10.11 - 2019 / 08.11 - 2019Turkey’s conflict aquaculture exposed
08.11 - 2019 / 07.11 - 2019CGG blames Shell for Saharawi survey
16.10 - 2019 / 16.10 - 2019GeoEx pushes seismic data from occupied land
15.10 - 2019 / 15.10 - 2019Fish oil from occupied Western Sahara imported into the Netherlands?
04.10 - 2019 / 11.09 - 2019Anchoring occupation: Morocco to construct $1bn port in Western Sahara
09.09 - 2019 / 09.09 - 2019German trade fair should stop promoting Azura, groups say
09.09 - 2019 / 05.09 - 2019Spanish farmers warn of fraudulent trade from occupied land
08.09 - 2019 / 06.09 - 2019Protests continue against Ravensdown's blood phosphate imports
03.09 - 2019 / 03.09 - 2019Kiwis take on New Zealand farmers' blood phosphate imports
17.06 - 2019 / 27.08 - 2010Support Western Sahara Resource Watch




EN ES FR DE AR

Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
EU Court cases on Western Sahara for dummies

tn_law_hammer.jpg

It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Stand up for the Gdeim Izik 25!

tn_court_photo_gdeim_izik_610.jpg

Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
Support Western Sahara Resource Watch

tn_sjovik_demo_610.jpg

Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.
Report: Moroccan green energy used for plunder

tn_poweringplunder_eng_610.jpg

At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.

WSRW.org News Archive 2019
WSRW.org News Archive 2018
WSRW.org News Archive 2017
WSRW.org News Archive 2016
WSRW.org News Archive 2015
WSRW.org News Archive 2014
WSRW.org News Archive 2013
WSRW.org News Archive 2012
WSRW.org News Archive 2011
WSRW.org News Archive 2010
WSRW.org News Archive 2009
WSRW.org News Archive 2008
WSRW.org News Archive 2007
WSRW.org News Archive 2004-2006


Register for our English newsletter:









These web pages have been built with the financial support of the trade union Industry Energy