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Industrial disputes stall as judges gear up for wharfie case

A full Employment Court three-judge bench will rule on the dispute between Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union as negotiations in the country's two biggest industrial disputes stall.

The full court hearing is due to begin in Auckland on May 16.

Ports of Auckland and the union  this week filed for  Employment Relations Authority facilitation as negotiations stalled. 

The eight-month dispute has resulted in soured relations between the two parties, with accusations of privacy leaks and bad-faith bargaining flying.

The port has lost business and businesses across the region have been affected as a result of delays and increased freight costs. 

The union has rejected several Ports of Auckland offers, the latest of which guaranteed 160 hours of work in a four-week cycle for full-time employees and a 10% wage increase.

The ports company wants to extend individual contracting out of stevedoring services, while the union seeks to retain collective bargaining and maintain an estimated $170,000-a-year union fees income.

AFFCO’s owner Talley’s Group locked out Meatworkers Union (MWU) workers eight weeks ago. MWU general secretary Dave Eastlake says the union filed for facilitation this morning.

Members of the MWU have jettisoned the union to sign individual contract with AFFCO. 

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The latest offer by POA to the Union shows what a pack of mercenary idiots the MWU and its menbers are. What part of "you are on a good deal" don't these people understand! For their self servicing unrealistic demands to continue, because it will continue given the potential loss of income to the MWU, those of us who are in business will continue to be directly affected. Unionists, see it for what it is. Your union is fighting for a collective agreement to protect their income....the money you pay them. Talk about being 'lead by the nose to be slaughtered'.You union members need to wake up and become 'real people'. Meantime what is all this costing?...jobs... business credibility....productivity....My customers don't care about my being unable to clear raw materials form a wharf.... but who cares!!... you union members are ok that's the main thing!! Pack of dimwits..see how clever you all are when the POA is no more and Marsden Point & Tauranga divy up the POA business.

TV ONE WX features a beautiful photo of Auckland harbour, with the cranes on one wharf in the center. How many kids can skite "My Dad drives that crane"? Do kids still skite about Dad?