of Auckland Ltd (POAL) is hopeful that the Maritime
Union’s stop-work meeting today will be the beginning of
the end of a year and a half of negotiations.
could have anticipated that when the negotiations
started on 5 August 2011, they would still be going in
February 2013”, said port CEO Tony Gibson, “but
hopefully we’re in the final straight. Enough is
nine months of negotiation and mediation, and another
nine months in facilitation, Ports of Auckland has said
it will accept the package of recommendations put
forward by Alastair Dumbleton, Head of the Employment
“Neither party will be entirely happy with all the
recommendations, said Mr Gibson, but that’s the nature
of compromise: you take the good with the bad. I am
pretty optimistic that the Maritime Union will do a
deal, given their positive comments about facilitation
late last year” he added.
union is holding a full meeting of its membership today,
a meeting that is expected to take all morning while the
recommendations are discussed in detail.
Ports of Auckland’s container terminal will continue as
normal during the meeting as a third of the stevedoring
workforce are not MUNZ members and will be available for