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Dispute background

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The ITF is calling on dockers’ affiliates to support dockworkers at the Port of Auckland who are in an ongoing dispute over threats to their job security and trade union rights.

The port management company, Port of Auckland Limited (POAL), has repeatedly undermined the process of good faith bargaining and attacked workers’ terms and conditions at the port. These are conditions which the ITF-affiliate the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) has fought hard to achieve over the years. Whilst MUNZ has attempted to engage in meaningful negotiations with POAL to establish a new collective agreement, the ITF has received information that POAL has issued redundancy notices, hired non-unionised contracted workers and offered individual employment agreements in an apparent bid to divide the workforce. Management has also threatened workers with lockout action.

Wednesday 4 April 2012: MUNZ expresses concern over new round of mediation with POAL. Read more here >>

Friday 30 March 2012: POAL withdraws lockout notice and halts contracting out plans. Read more here >>  Read the latest press release from MUNZ here >>

Thursday 29 March 2012: ITF president Paddy Crumlin has arrived in Auckland for crisis talks. Read more here >>

The Employment Court has released reasons for the granting of the injunction temporarily halting contracting out of work at Ports of Auckland. Read more here >>

Tuesday 27 March 2012: New injunction temporarily halts POAL redundancy plans.Read more here >>

Monday 26 March 2012: No agreement reached following mediation between MUNZ and POAL. Read more here >>

Thursday 22 March 2012: ITF Fair Practices Committee passes resolution calling for Auckland Mayor, Len Brown to replace rogue POAL board members. Read more here >>

Thursday 22 March 2012: Ports of Auckland issue lock out notice and illegally lock workers out of the port. Read more here >>

Wednesday 21 March 2012: Ports of Auckland has undertaken to halt its contracting processes and re-enter collective bargaining with MUNZ. Read more here >>

Monday 19 March 2012: The Judicial Settlement Conference into MUNZ legal bid to stop Ports of Auckland sackings is postponed until Monday 26 March.

Monday 19 March 2012: MUA members hold Sydney rally in support of Auckland rally. View photos of the rally here >>

Wednesday 14 March 2012: Concern over POAL alleged disregard for worker privacy. Read more here >>

Tuesday 13 March 2012: MUNZ launch new legal bid to stop Ports of Auckland sackings. Read more here >>

Sunday 11 March 2012: MUNZ welcomes mayoral mediation offer. Read more here >>

Saturday 10 March 2012: Thousands join rally in support of Auckland workers. Watch them in action >>  Read more here>>

Friday 9 March 2012: MUNZ releases latest bargaining position in talks with POAL. Read more here >>

Wednesday 7 March 2012: POAL confirms 300 Auckland workers to be made redundant. Read more here >>

Friday 2 March 2012: MUNZ believes 'small amount of progress' made during negotiations with management. Read more here >>

Thursday 1 March 2012: Dockers' unions worldwide step up solidarity action in support of Auckland workers as negotiations begin between MUNZ and POAL. Read more here >>

29 February 2012: MUNZ says Ports of Auckland management is putting ads on Australian websites for a replacement contracted out workforce on the Auckland waterfront. Read more here >>

29 February 2012: MUNZ workers receive a boost via Australian union support. Read more here >>

24 February 2012: Strike begins at Ports of Auckland. Read more here >>

23 February 2012: The Maritime Union of New Zealand reiterated its offer to Ports of Auckland management as a basis to settle the ongoing dispute over job security. Read more here >>

9 February 2012: MUNZ placed a seven day strike notice on Ports of Auckland. Read more here >>
 
31 January 2012: A stopwork meeting was held in Ports of Auckland. MUNZ issued a further strike action notice for the port. Read more here >>

25 January 2012: MUNZ condemned the hiring by Ports of Auckland of former CEO of Ports of Tauranga, Jon Mayson.    Read more here >>

19 January 2012: The ITF sent a letter to the CEO of Ports of Auckland warning that the port was 'on the brink' of being declared a 'port of convenience'. Read more here >>        View the letter here >>

16 January 2012: MUNZ issued a strike notice at the Port of Auckland for 31 January. Read more here >>

6 January 2012: MUNZ made a settlement offer to Ports of Auckland management in a bid to end the dispute. View the full terms of the settlement offer here >>

23 December 2011: A series of legal strikes were staged by MUNZ members, including action on Christmas day. Read more here >>

November 2011: Ports of Auckland management issued a lockout notice which was later withdrawn.

30 September 2011: A three-year old collective agreement between POAL and MUNZ expired. At a consultation meeting, rank and file membership unanimously instructed the MUNZ Local 13 officials to issue to POAL with a two-day strike notice to support their claim.

August/September 2010: POAL attempt to contract out employment in the lash, straddle driving and container crane operations. Following exchanges between MUNZ and POAL, POAL issues redundancy notices to MUNZ members working in shuttle operations. POAL then contract out the shuttle operation to a company called Conlinxxs which is a joint venture itself involving POAL. An interim agreement reached between MUNZ and POAL led to irregular work for MUNZ workers.

For more on the background to this dispute visit the MUNZ website>>

Read a letter of solidarity from ITF President and Chair of the Dockers’ Section, Paddy Crumlin, to Garry Parsloe, National President of MUNZ here >>


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