Ports of Auckland

Maritime Union continues to break the law. Time for deregistration?

When is the Societies Registrar going to act against the Maritime Union.

MUNZ  has once again failed to file annual accounts.

With Ports of Auckland filing their annual report MUNZ have still not filed their 2013  Financial reports.    Read more »

More good news, it keeps on coming

Two more pieces of good news have come in this morning.

Ports of Auckland have reported a record month for March:

Container numbers continue their relentless growth, with a new record high at Ports of Auckland in March.  The port handled 54,427 containers (79,492 TEU), 10,305 (16,771 TEU) more than the same month in 2013.  This breaks the previous record of 54,049 set last October.

Ports of Auckland Chief Executive Tony Gibson said that “breaking the monthly record in March is unusual; normally the pre-Christmas period is the busiest.  Solid import volumes plus a lift in exports gave March a real boost.”  Bulk, break-bulk and car volumes are also up.

When good are flowing across the ports then you know the economy is booming.

Then Anne Gibson reports that Auckland’s jobless are at a 6 year low:

Auckland’s unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in six years, buoyed by economic growth and the associated demand for workers to the point where 48,000 new jobs were created in the city last year.  Read more »

Maritime Union spends over a $1million fighting Ports and still breaking law

The Maritime Union has spent over $1million fighting the Ports of Auckland but int he process continues to break the law over the filing of accounts.

David Williams at NBR writes:

The Ports of Auckland industrial dispute has cost the Maritime Union more than $1 million.

Asked if the dispute had hit $1 million, the union’s national president, Garry Parsloe, told NBR ONLINE: “Yes, it’s over that.”

But, the union would do it all again, he says, adding: “It’s something we had to do.” …

The union is an incorporated society, with obligations to file annual accounts. However, the public hasn’t been able to see the union’s legal costs for the past two financial years because it is yet to file its accounts.  Read more »

Is MUNZ washed up in Auckland?

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I’m told that yesterday the Maritime Union ended their petulant and vindictive attack on PortPro (the second wharfies unions) via the Employment Court.

MUNZ was trying to oppose the legitimacy of workers dis-satisfied with MUNZ from setting up their own union.

In an ignominious withdrawal from proceedings MUNZ have pulled the plug on the latest court case against PortPro and offered to pay $750 in court costs. After some negotiation it was agreed that they pay $1250. This is not even a tenth of the actual costs their petty and vindictive action has actually cost PortPro.  Read more »

The cost of buying the council

A ratepayer funded organisation spent $75,000 to buy the Council.

Heart of the City, a business improvement district organisation catering for land owners and property developers has managed to influence the Council to put the brakes on the productivity of its most productive asset, Ports of Auckland.

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse is promoting the 11th-hour move to insert the rule into the draft Unitary Plan this week, saying the status quo provisions provided for a huge amount of reclamation.

She said the proposed rule was a response to the huge amount of public feedback about the port expansion plans, which have been scrutinised by a Herald series this month and the subject of a fresh campaign by the Heart of the City lobby group to have a rethink.

Ms Hulse has the backing of Mr Brown, and is expected to gain support from a majority of councillors when the port issue is discussed by the Auckland Plan committee, which meets for three days from Wednesday to wrap up the draft Unitary Plan for formal notification.  Read more »

A milestone MUNZ is trying to destroy

Yesterday was a milestone.

It was the first birthday of PortPro the alternate union on the Auckland Waterfront. Well done guys. Competition is always good.

Unless of course you are the Maritime Union. They are trying very hard through constant legal battles to bankrupt PortPro. Shows what a nasty spiteful bunch they are.  Read more »

The demands of “The Seven”

Len Brown has agreed to some of the demands of "The Seven", but which one?

Len Brown has agreed to some of the demands of “The Seven”, but which ones?

So, what were the demands of “The Seven”?

What did they tell the Mayor Len Brown he had to do if he wanted any support from “The Seven” electorates?

1. That Len Brown instruct the Boards of POAL and ACIL to back off a bit so that collective agreements can be put in place

2. That Len Brown must support any candidate that happens to endorse him particularly in “The Seven” electorates  Read more »

Why do unionists lie?

Watch this video from this morning on The Nation.

After Jami-lee Ross has his bit to say about his bill they let Darien Fenton have a crack and she lies right from the get go about Ports of Auckland.

She calls that dispute a lock-out when it wasn’t. It started as a strike and only became a lock-out near the end after some violent scenes at the gates of the port.   Read more »

Irrelevant? Helen Kelly thinks so

Helen Kelly thinks I am irrelevant.

Yet she took time out of her busy schedule trying to screw over Peter Jackson and other Kiwi employers to comment about a supposed irrelevant blogger.

Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said there had been a concerted attack on unions by Mr Slater. She said Mr Slater was “irrelevant” but was concerned about the port “putting the knife into its own staff”.  Read more »

Oh noes…I attack unions

David Fisher just loves to write about me, if he isn’t tweeting he is pouring over my blog. Today he gets a two-fer…two stories about me.

The second one is about my love for unions…on page 5.

A political strategist who has trained National Party MPs says the Ports of Auckland colluded with right wing bloggers to undermine industrial action against the Ports of Auckland.

The claim is in a leaked document written by controversial strategist Simon Lusk – and hotly denied by the publicly-owned port company.

The document was dated February 2012 – when the port strike was most heated – and is part of Mr Lusk’s strategy for the National Party.

It read: “The right currently controls the blogosphere, and the political journalists repeat much of what appears on blogs.

“The case in point is the way the Maritime Union have received huge negative publicity about their salaries, based on POAL (Ports of Auckland Limited) working with certain bloggers to control the story. Financial support for these bloggers will enable them to build their credibility and readership.”  Read more »