Union backs mayor's port plea
Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:50a.m.
The union representing some of the wharfies at the Ports of Auckland says it will react positively to recommendations due out on how to end the long-running industrial dispute.
A facilitator is expected to go back to the union and port company in the next week with a proposal on how to resolve the tetchy impasse which resulted in a series of strikes, lockouts and redundancy threats.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown wrote a letter to both parties on Thursday encouraging them to find a way to end the wrangle following a lengthy facilitation process which began in May.
"The dispute has dragged on far too long and in doing so, has not been good for the port workers, their union, the port company or, in fact, Auckland as a whole," he said in the letter.
Mr Brown said he held a "strong expectation" that both parties would use the recommendations as a vehicle for ending the dispute which began when negotiations on a new collective agreement began in August 2011.
"The union and port management entered into a facilitation process to try to resolve their differences ... it is incumbent on both parties to see that through to its end.
"It is likely to require some give and take, but the recommendations of the facilitator should be accepted by both sides," he said.
Maritime Union national president Garry Parsloe says it is committed to continuing to make every effort to settle a collective agreement and would respond in a positive way to the recommendations put forward.
It wanted to end the dispute and avert the possibility of more industrial action, but said there was an onus on the port company to be willing to end the wrangle.
He says the union wanted certainty over start times and time off and a commitment from the company it will not seek to contract out work.
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2/12/2012 8:56:36 a.m.
Was a doco on TV last week on the dockers and painters union in Melbourne. Our waterfront unions were not much different and often used as a front for organised crime than makes NZ gangs look timmid.Its never been about workers rights or fairness, its always been about flexing muscle to hold businesses and NZ to ransom like hiwaymen of the past. The industrial action cost over $1 billion from their action that started bit over a year ago. These are jumped up criminals runing the old union protection racket.Labour talking that likes of Google should be paying 28% on ALL revenue. So apply that same to MUNZ and they are tax evaders according to Labour as they are not paying 28% on their membership dues they are stealing from hard working NZs, and they have much larger revenues than Google in NZ. Stuff disappearing off the wharf is less of a problem than it used to be, but it still happens. Was talking with a importer who lost a 20 foot container load of plasma TV's off a NZ wharf, and the seals were all intact, as the inside-job crims had popped the pins on the door, unloaded the container where cameras weren't covering the area in the port, put the pins back for a nice empty container ...
30/11/2012 2:08:52 p.m.
It will be interesting to see if MUNZ will accept the recommendation of the Facilitated Bargaining. The last time they completely rejected the recommendation of the Authority Member and undertook a personal attack on him that he was a bureaucrat had no idea or appreciation of their issues.
MUNZ do not have a history of listening to anyone who disagrees with them and if they don't like what is being said the personally attack the individual - that is why a number of their former members have left and set-up their own Union to support their own interests.
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