Auckland Waterfront dispute – taking too long to resolve!
12 November 2012
Auckland Waterfront dispute –
taking too long to resolve!
The timing of
suggestions today that the facilitation process for settling
the long-running Auckland waterfront dispute is unwinding
invites a cynical response.
Michael Barnett, head of the
Auckland Chamber of Commerce, was commenting on the maritime
union suggestions that a resumption of strike action could
“The longer it takes to resolve issues at
the waterfront, the greater the risk of the ports assets
continuing to erode.
“The business community and people
of Auckland are the losers from this.”
The length of
time the facilitation process has taken strongly suggests
that a lasting and positive settlement is unlikely – and
that is a huge disappointment, said Mr Barnett.
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