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POAL Seeks Facilitation After Union Refuses to Negotiate

POAL is disappointed by the results of today’s mediation with the Maritime Union.

The company tabled a constructive offer that made a number of advances on its previous offers. During the mediation POAL showed a willingness to answer the Union’s concerns, and specifically protect a number of the entitlements enjoyed by existing employees.

MUNZ’s response was to maintain its position. 

"Over 8 months of bargaining we simply haven’t seen a willingness from MUNZ to negotiate a modern flexible agreement” said Tony Gibson, POAL’s Chief Executive. 

In order to get constructive progress POAL has this afternoon proposed that the parties now use the Employment Relations Authority’s facilitation process, as agreed in the Employment Court two weeks ago.  MUNZ will consider this proposal overnight.