By Graeme Kennedy
Friday 30th June 2000
|Text too small?|
|PERMANENT WORKFORCE: Ports of Auckland|
The union has given notice of two 48-hour strikes on July 10, 11, 17 and 18 despite the company's willingness to continue negotiations on the collective contracts, which expired in December.
"Informal discussions have indicated the union is preferring to wait until the Employment Relations Bill is passed, when it would pursue a multi-employer contract for the whole port," Mr Vazey said.
"It seems the union leaders plan a series of rolling stoppages to demonstrate their muscle and we can probably expect more strike notices to be given. It leaves us with the impression they are committed to holding a strike and are not interested in reaching a settlement.
"If we could get down to meaningful and genuine negotiations we believe it is possible to reach a settlement without strike action. The company is certainly willing to compromise."
Mr Vazey said Ports of Auckland and the union had met at least 11 times since December 14. He said the union's claims that Ports of Auckland wanted more casual workers were incorrect as the company was committed to a strong permanent force of skilled employees and only 9% of operational cargo workers in the past 12 months had been casuals.
No comments yet
Pushpay buys Colorado rival for US$87.5m
Xero chair to retire early as family’s health comes first
Business leaders quiz finance minister on capacity to spend $12b
House prices are accelerating again, even in Auckland
13th December 2019 Morning Report
Tourists still coming but growth is slowing
Peters backs StuffME merger bid
Supplements, skincare firm poised for reverse listing
NZX, EEX eye carbon auction opportunity
A2 Milk boss steps down, shares fall 7.7%