November 23, 2004
Oil-rig workers about to vote on settlement
The onshore oil-rig workers’ dispute has been settled.
Details of the settlement won’t be available until after the workers have voted on them this afternoon, but Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little said that the union was satisfied with the agreement.
Some 100 workers walked off exploration sites at Taranaki and Taupo on Friday over the lack of progress in negotiations to renew their multi-employer collective agreement.
They returned to work on Sunday after the Employment Court issued an interim injunction ordering them to do so.
A substantive hearing into an injunction application by the employers was to be held in Wellington tomorrow. The hearing will not go ahead if the settlement is ratified.