Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Mayor writes to Ports company and union

29 November 2012

Mayor writes to Ports company and union

The Mayor has written to the parties involved in the industrial dispute at the Ports of Auckland advising them of his expectation that they abide by the recommendations of the facilitator in the dispute.

“This dispute has dragged on for over a year. The union and port management entered into a facilitation process to try to resolve their differences. Having entered into the process, it is incumbent on both parties to see that through to its end,” says Len Brown.

“I expect that the facilitator's recommendation should allow the parties to settle. It is likely to require some give and take, but the recommendations of the facilitator should be accepted by both sides.

“While the council owns Ports of Auckland Limited via Auckland Council Investments, it is a stand-alone operation and operates on a fully commercial basis. The council cannot and should not intervene in the dispute. However, I do not want to see more disruption at the port. I have conveyed that message to both parties in a letter today.

“As an employer, Auckland Council supports collective agreements. We also know that the nature of modern international shipping, with larger vessels requiring speedy turnarounds, requires flexibility and innovation. These are not incompatible.

“The port is an important investment for the Auckland Council and a vital piece of transport infrastructure for the Auckland and New Zealand economy. Both sides in this dispute need to work together to implement the recommendations of the facilitator to settle and ensure the smooth running of the port.”

The facilitator is expected to release his recommendations shortly after discussions with the ports company and the union have concluded.

Click here to read the Mayor’s letter to Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union of New Zealand.

How long have the parties been bargaining?

Bargaining on a new collective agreement started in August 2011 with extensive assistance provided by the Mediation Service. Industrial action took place from December 2011.

How long has the facilitation process been in progress?

Facilitation provided under the Employment Relations Act 2000 commenced with the union and the employer on 8 May 2012. The process has continued since then with regular meetings between the parties and the facilitator.

What has been achieved?

The parties have identified many of the terms of conditions of employment on which agreement can be reached, however several key issues remain unresolved including rostering and contracting.

What are the next steps?

Both the company and the union remain willing to continue with facilitation, the statutory objective of which is to assist parties to resolve difficulties in concluding a collective agreement. The facilitator is expected to release his recommendations shortly after discussions with the ports company and the union have concluded.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads.

This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD.

That showed that the City Rail Link, together with surface bus improvement, provided the best regional solution. However, it also identified that the city centre is already facing serious congestion across all major road entry points which, if not addressed now, will worsen. More>>

 

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Similarities Between John Key And David Cameron

For years now, David Cameron has been the closest available thing to a mentor/analogue to our Prime Minister, such that Key watchers could be interested in an analysis of Cameron that appeared in the British press over the Christmas break. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ian Fletcher Resignation & GCSB’s New Role

It may well be that after being shoulder-tapped in Queensland for the GCSB job, three years of living in Wellington has been enough for Fletcher and his family, given that the pending review of the GCSB would have required an even longer commitment from him. Three years of Wellington’s weather is enough for anyone... More>>

ALSO:

Ian Apperley: $10m Or $100m For New Wellington Council IT System?

I feel a Tui Billboard coming on. I commented the other day that it looked like the Council’s Ninth big project was a potential $100 million plus... The Mayor has responded: “I am reassured by the Chief Executive and by Anthony Wilson that the proposed budget is in the region of $10 million.” More>>

ALSO:

Southern Ocean:
Navy Intercepts Illegal Fishing Vessels

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today put illegal fishing vessels operating in the Southern Ocean on notice and vowed to take action against their owners. “As part of a multi-agency operation, the HMNZS WELLINGTON has intercepted two vessels claiming to be flagged to Equatorial Guinea, fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean.” Mr McCully says. More>>

ALSO:

Kiwi Pride: New Zealand Takes UN Security Council Seat

“New Zealand’s term on the Security Council will place us at the heart of international decision-making for the next two years,” Mr McCully says. More>>

Greens: CAA Airport Door Report Conflicts With Brownlee’s Claims

The heavily redacted report into the incident shows conflicting versions of events as told by Gerry Brownlee and the Christchurch airport security staff. The report disputes Brownlee’s claim that he was allowed through, and states that he instead pushed his way through. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news