The Maritime Union is usually very quick to rush to the news media over any perceived slight to their domination ont he wharves. They will be very quiet over this judgment from the Employment Relations Authority (full judgment PDF):
Parties: Maritime Union of New Zealand Inc v Ports of Auckland Ltd Summary: BREACH OF CONTRACT – HEALTH AND SAFETY – Applicant claimed respondent’s proposal to disestablish two foreman roles would result in unsafe work practices in breach of collective employment agreement (“CEA”) – Authority found no tangible evidence indicating proposed change would compromise health and safety – No breach of contract – GOOD FAITH – Applicant claimed respondent’s failure to consult adequately over proposal breach of good faith – Found respondent explained to applicant effect of proposed changes on who would carry out foreman’s work – No breach of good faith – GOOD FAITH – BARGAINING – Applicant claimed respondent’s proposal undermined bargaining for new CEA – Found disestablishment of foreman roles operational matter rather than bargaining issue – Found bargaining not undermined by respondent pursuing matter not subject to collective bargaining for new CEA – No breach of good faith
This was nothing more than a shameless delaying tactic by the union. I note that costs have been reserved. I hope the union gets slammed for this.
Good luck reading about this anywhere but here.