Monthly Archives: March 2012

Great relief for Auckland wharfies and their families

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Following further hearings before the Employment Court this morning, Ports of Auckland has withdrawn its lockout notice and stopped its plan to dismiss its workforce and contract out the jobs. 

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Court finds union case ‘seriously arguable’

The Maritime Union of New Zealand welcomes the Employment Courts written reasons, released today, for Tuesday’s granting of an injunction stopping the Ports of Auckland contracting out.

The Court found there is a ‘seriously arguable case’ that the Ports of Auckland has breached the Employment Relations Act and Undermined the Collective Bargaining. It also found it likely other aspects of the Act have been breached.

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Breakers fan stoked thundersticks will be there on Friday

 New Zealand Breakers fan Matt Balmforth is stoked that the thundersticks will be there in time for Friday’s semi final at Vector Arena.

A Ports of Auckland worker for the past 14 years, Matt Balmforth is a close follower of the Breakers, and will be at Friday night’s game against the Townsville Crocodiles.

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Ports plans now looking like a train wreck

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 …

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Mediation frustrating with Ports of Auckland

Mediation between Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union today failed to reach agreement on a return to work of Maritime Union members following the lifting of strike action last week. 

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Ports lockout draws criticism

Since the announcement of the lock out last week, the Ports of Auckland are facing greater levels of criticism for their actions. This Herald cartoon by Rod Emmerson says it all.

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Auckland residents and businesses will be mortified with lack of plan to get Port moving again

Auckland residents and businesses will be mortified to learn the Ports may only be functioning properly for a week before Ports management shut it down again.

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Unlawful lockout escalates Ports dispute

 Ports of Auckland workers are shocked to learn that the Ports have moved to lock them out of their jobs. Ports workers have this morning been served an official lock out notice from the Ports of Auckland, to take effect in two weeks.

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Wharfies welcome Port undertakings to not contract out

 Members of the Maritime Union were thrilled today that following a Settlement Conference with the Employment Court, Ports of Auckland has seen sense and undertaken to halt its contracting processes and re-enter collective bargaining.

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News from the port

The picket line was given a great lift at the weekend by some high profile support – picketers were pleased to be joined by members of the Canterbury Bulldogs Rugby League team and TV star Robyn Malcolm.

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