Ports lock out Union

This afternoon the Ports of Auckland has locked out the Maritime Union strikers.

Ports workers were served an official lockout notice from Ports of Auckland management this morning, set to take effect in two weeks.

The notice is for an indefinite lockout.

A Ports of Auckland statement said the port would function as it had during the strike – with contracted stevedores unloading vessels – over the next two weeks before the lockout takes effect.

This can come as no surprise to the union after they ignored the Employment Court Judge directions to refrain from speaking with the media.

Since the judicial minute was released last night Helen Kelly and Garry Parsloe have been in every media outlet claiming somehow that they have won, the pOrt has backed down and the Port is poorly tun, they are losers and every other description agains the Ports of Auckland.

the moment the union started conducting themselves in the media and the Port adhered to the court direction there was only ever going to be a lock out situation. It is the only legitimate tactic when faced with an intransigent union that ignores directions from a judge.

The Maritime Union has only themselves to blame for this action.

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