Fletcher speaks out

Cr Chris Fletcher has spoken out about the ongoing Ports dispute:

Deepening Ports crisis raises ongoing questions

The deepening crisis at the Ports of Auckland is a disaster for Auckland”, said Cr Chris Fletcher, leader of the Citizens & Ratepayers bloc of councillors.

“The Ports of Auckland represent one of the largest investments for Auckland Council. The value of this investment is being devastated with the loss of the Maersk and Fonterra business. The Port’s dividend paid to Council will also likely be reduced, impacting on our budget,” said Cr Fletcher.

Cr Fletcher also said “I am hugely concerned but not surprised that the CEO of the Ports, Tony Gibson, said today, “With Maritime Union NZ threatening further strike action, it is inevitable that customers will look for alternatives. Importers and exporters need certainty and reliable service.”

Questions are now being raised about the Port’s future, and whether we need to invite in a commercial partner to help the council oversee a modern and functioning piece of critical Auckland infrastructure.” said Cr Fletcher.

“In the meantime, Council must continue to back the Ports Board in their efforts to deliver the business plan they outlined to council in November. That’s why it’s important the Mayor makes it clear he also supports the council’s Accountability and Performance committee motion on December 8 that he was absent from. This motion supported the Ports of Auckland Board for any actions required to achieve their business plan as tabled at a previous November committee meeting.

“Len Brown also has a duty to speak out on behalf of Auckland’s citizens to ensure crippling strike action does not pose a threat to Auckland businesses. There are many retailers, exporters, industries and service related businesses who may already face a choked supply-line. They deserve to know the Mayor is on their side, and the side of the Ports Board,” said Cr Fletcher.

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