Union accepts Ports' back-pay offer for picketers
The Maritime Union today accepted an offer from the Ports of Auckland (PoAL) to back-pay picketing Maritime Union workers from March 22 to March 30.
The offer was made at an injunction hearing at the Employment Court today.
The union lifted its strike on March 22 offering to return to work immediately but PoAL rejected the offer because of health and safety risks and a lack of available shifts.
A PoAL spokeswoman says the offer should not be interpreted as the port backing away from the contracting out proposal and the injunction hearing was separate from ongoing mediation.
She says the injunction hearing to determining how and when union members return to work and the legality of PoAL’s proposed April 6 lockout have been adjourned until Friday.
The wage cost to the port is not yet known and it is still uncertain when union members would return to work.
A five-day substantive hearing scheduled to begin March 26 was rescheduled to May 16 and until then PoAL has to stay its contracting out process and cannot advertise any contracted jobs.