ITF comment on Ports of Auckland, New Zealand:
In the wake of initial signs [...]
The Employment Relations Authority has fined the Ports of Auckland $40,000 for illegally employing strike breaking contractors during industrial action at the Port earlier this year.
Ports of Auckland Limited (POAL) broke the law when they employed an overseas engineer at the cost of $10,000 a week to undertake the work of MUNZ members.
The Maritime Union held its 4th Triennial Conference in Wellington from Tuesday 6 November to Friday 9 November.
Maritime Union of New Zealand General Secretary Joe Fleetwood says the Conference concludes a three year period of intense activity for the Union.
He says that the Ports of Auckland dispute had been on the agenda, along [...]
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The call to free Said El Hairech took on international dimensions
The UMT union worker that organised both a Tangier dockworker agreement and protests against the stranding of nearly 200 Moroccan seafarers in Spanish and French [...]
New Zealand’s government has announced that foreign charter fishing vessels working in New Zealand waters will have to be reflagged under the national flag over a four-year transition period.
The move is “welcome, right and overdue. Scandal has followed scandal in this area in recent years, including grave instances of crew abuse. We congratulate MUNZ [...]
The Maritime Union of New Zealand has rejected what it called a “cut and paste” collective agreement offer from the Ports of Auckland after the first day of mediation between the two parties.
The two-day mediation is intended to work through the port’s offer of a collective agreement to the union workforce, which it had [...]
Economic fallout is likely to linger for months from Auckland’s port dispute – but international union leaders say the effect on New Zealand products could have been immeasurably worse.
Visiting International Transport Federation dockers’ division secretary Frank Leys says even without formal bans against Kiwi goods, an enduring stigma would have settled over the New [...]
Auckland wharfies are today relieved to hear that they can return to work to get the Port up and running again for Auckland.
Following further hearings before the Employment Court this morning, Ports of Auckland has withdrawn its lockout notice and stopped its plan to dismiss its workforce and contract [...]
The New Zealand media just reported:
Ports of Auckland director Rob Campbell has quit the port company board over differences in opinion.
Port chairman Richard Pearson confirmed Campbell’s resignation today, saying it ”resulted from differences in views on board strategy”.
Ports of Auckland is currently embroiled in a bitter and lengthy dispute with [...]
Auckland port workers have won a court injunction against having their jobs contracted out until mid-May, but with no guarantee of being allowed back on the wharves.
The port company has also undertaken to pay eight days’ wages tomorrow to permanent staff who voted last Thursday to end a four-week strike but have not [...]
Today’s injunction stopping Ports of Auckland progressing its plans to dismiss and replace its workforce, combined with the company’s plan of an indefinite lockout, leaves Auckland Council with no choice but to intervene to find a workable solution to the industrial dispute, the Maritime Union said today.
Today the Employment [...]
A Ports of Auckland manager who was at the bargaining table with the Maritime Union has been linked to a company hiring non-union wharfies.
The man has allegedly been recruiting staff for a new company, Pacific Crew Holdings Ltd, which was registered with the Companies Office on February 27.
The timing of the new company [...]
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