Ports of Auckland to contract out work

The Ports of Auckland have announced that they will now be looking to contract out the work. The union bluster and blackmail has failed.

Ports of Auckland CEO, Tony Gibson said the union’s counter-offer failed to deliver the rapid improvements needed in work practices and productivity.

The loss of the Maersk and Fonterra business meant that the situation had changed dramatically over the last few weeks, he said.

“I welcome the opportunity to discuss these matters further with MUNZ when mediation resumes on Thursday. However, we’ve run out of time. Without rapid changes towards substantially more efficient labour practices, more customers and more jobs will be lost in the coming weeks.

“We’ve worked now for 11 months to achieve the changes needed, but the Union does not appear to be taking the issues seriously,” he said.

Gibson says the Port’s last offer remains its best and final offer. It includes a generous 10 per cent rise on hourly rates, performance bonuses of up to 20% on hourly rates, and the retention of existing benefits and entitlements in return for a new roster system that will provide increased operational flexibility while allowing workers to plan their rosters a month in advance.

The union have acted and appeared completely inflexible and now they will reap what they have sown. Instead of accepting a 10% pay increase and keeping their jobs they face losing all their jobs to outside contractors.

Yesterday Trevor Mallard was helping to run the CTU’s lines I wonder now what Labour has to say about this considering their policy is to ensure contracting out is illegal.

If ever David Shearer needed a hint that Kiwis really don;t like unions all that much this issue has highlighted how out of touch their affiliate members are and even some of their MPs.

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