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PoAL/wharfies mediation begins today

Mediation aimed at resolving the disruptive disoute between the Maritime Union and the Ports of Auckland (PoAL) is scheduled to begin this afternoon.

After a judicial settlement conference at the Employment Court last week, PoAL halted its contracting-out process and both parties agreed to return to mediation at 1pm.

Last week PoAL issued union workers with notices of a lockout beginning on April 6. An injunction filed by the union challenging the lockout isdue to be heard tomorrow morning. 

No new date has been set for an adjourned hearing, due to begin today, of the union's substantive challenge to the Ports contracting out policy.

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I predict mediation will be over by 1.10pm

am i living in mars..i thought when you went into..mediation that both sides where prepared to be flexible.on some issues..and not!! ' we will talk but this is what we want "at the end of it..why bother talking if your are not prepared to listen!! thank you tony gibson..

..and under current OSH & Employment laws – an employer must take all reasonable steps to ensure the health and welfare of their staff – including the mental health of their workers following the belligerent, offensive car-rocking and intimidating happenings to non-union staff – the PoAL therefore legally HAVE to lock out these thugs – to protect their non-union members. The MUNZ website and propaganda pamphlets clearly outline what the unions want to do to non-union workers – clearly demonstrating an on-going intent to bully / intimidate and harass anyone not in the union. PoAL can not condone that attitude by allowing these thugs back into the ports employment.

Let the contracting out begin. About time MUNZ faced the reality of 2012 in the workplace and that although people are an organisations most valuable asset – the people are but one link in the supply chain and should a business owner elect to alter or change that supply chain to suit their business’s immediate needs … a militant, belligerent unionist stomping feet and crying crocodile tears whilst deliberately lying, bullying, threatening is not going to change that – and nor should it.

If people want to make those decisions concerning how a business is run, they need to train and up skill to become a CEO – or start their own business... otherwise they are one part in a supply chain that any business has the right to alter – as the business is their property / ownership … and suppliers are changed all the time to better suit the business’s immediate needs.

Ya gotta wonder why the Unions / Labour Party aren’t starting their own stevedoring companies to employ anyone they want…. Is it a matter of laziness? Can’t be a parasite off of a leech? Not enough nous? Lack of funds and/or ability?