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.