Owl on the Ports dispute

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An Observation by the OWL

Before Parsloe and Kelly get all too excited about the ruling which in fact is not a ruling – just an opportunity for both parties to restart negotiations, as POAL have agreed to go back to the table.

The negotiations are still has to be under mediation and the Judge said he will follow proceedings.

The Judge never said that POAL had a weak legal case, in fact there is no mention on the weakness or the strength of any legal case.

The Judge also said that both parties should not discuss in the media – what does Kelly and Pasloe do – slams POAL, slams the Auckland Council and Mr Len Brown starts spouting off. Point 4 in the so called “ruling” outlines very carefully that both parties show some humility.

However here is what MUNZ hasn’t quite worked out and needs to be very careful of.

If they end up to agreeing to the original proposal by POAL way back when and by all accounts that is there only position because if they do not settle within 4 weeks as indicated by the directive from the Judge, then POAL can proceed with their plans.

The ball is in MUNZ court – The “ruling” as the OWL reads says – MUNZ you have 4 weeks to decide or POAL can make the changes.

4 weeks (actually reference in the “ruling” says a month.) – strangely that is also the timing when the last strike notice finishes.

So the upshot will be POAL gets MUNZ to accept their original offer – as Mr Len Brown always said this could of been settled at the first meeting and the 12% return – will that looks fairly well accepted now as achieveable.

All we need now is for the Judge is to keep MUNZ on track.

Kelly has asked for a review of this mess – I am actually all for this because the performance of MUNZ tactics and NZCTU will come under the spotlight and if the investigation proceeds then guess what – the person gets to interview all the MUNZ members on a one on one basis – fantastic!!! Then we will find out the members stories.

Let common sense prevail.


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