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This site provides Ports of Auckland customers and Auckland ratepayers with relevant, factual and up to date news and information regarding the current industrial dispute at the port.

Important Updates


November 9th, 2012

Update on Facilitation Process

As part of the facilitation process, the Facilitator Alastair Dumbleton agreed with the parties that he would write to stakeholders to update them on progress, including position papers from both parties. He has also agreed that this information could be made public.

The Facilitator's letter, MUNZ's Paper and Ports of Auckland's documents are available below:

June 5th, 2012

Update on Facilitation Process

Facilitation is continuing between the company and the Maritime Union (MUNZ – Local 13) towards the settlement of a new Collective Agreement.

The formal facilitation process, convened by the Employment Relations Authority, started on May 8. POAL has put forward a number of positive proposals to progress the talks since facilitation began.

The Authority Member listens to both parties, and can then make non-binding recommendations about what the terms of the collective should be, or what the parties should do to reach agreement. The Facilitation process takes place in private.

The Company moved to get into facilitation to expedite the settlement of the dispute and is fully focussed on achieving a collective agreement with the Union.

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April 18th, 2012

Update on Facilitation Process

The Employment Relations Authority has accepted the joint application by POAL and MUNZ to facilitate the ongoing collective negotiations. POAL expects the facilitation process to begin shortly.

In addition, the Chief Judge has issued a memorandum convening a Full Court of three Judges to hear the matters which are currently before the Employment Court. A Full Court is typically convened to decide issues which are important, and which have not previously been determined.

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April 17th, 2012

Application for Facilitation Filed

An application to start facilitation between Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union was filed with the Employment Relations Authority this morning.

The Company is committed to achieving a collective that is modern and provides the flexibility the business needs and is hopeful of achieving agreement through facilitation.

The next step will be to discuss the application with the Authority.

Facilitation is a formal process, convened by the Employment Relations Authority. The Authority Member listens to both parties, and can then make non-binding recommendations about what the terms of the collective should be, or what the parties should do to reach agreement.

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April 15th, 2012

Application For Facilitation To Be Lodged Early This Week

An application to the Employment Relations Authority to start facilitation between Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union will be filed early this week..

Ports of Auckland sought the move to urgent facilitation after the company’s 10th offer since negations began last September was rejected in mediation last week.

The offer includes a 10% pay increase, with full-time employees having 160 hours of guaranteed work in each 4-week cycle. Further performance bonuses of up to 10% are also included in the package.

A review by Ernst & Young confirmed that in 2011, the average remuneration for full time stevedores was $91,000 and $65,000 for part time stevedores.

Ports of Auckland CEO, Tony Gibson says the company shares the concerns of the business community, reflected in the Chamber of Commerce survey, at the delays in being able to introduce modern, efficient work practices at the Port. “Chamber of Commerce CEO, Michael Barnett is right, businesses need the Port to make these changes and we are hopeful that through facilitation we can find agreement.”

“It’s understandable that there would be a loss of confidence through a process that is complex and litigious and results in lengthy delays. However, that is the nature of the process businesses sometimes face under employment law when they need to make changes to their business.”

Mr Gibson said the real issue is the lack of flexibility, which results in an excessive amount of paid downtime at the port. This means that for every 40 hours paid, Ports of Auckland’s stevedores are only working 26. This downtime costs POAL over $8 million per annum.

“Work practices at the Container Terminal must be customer focussed, flexible and modern.”

He said the company was already seeing the productivity improvements possible through simple changes agreed with stevedores working on Individual Employment Agreements such as moving to 12-hour shifts to service ships and more efficient change-overs between machine drivers.

Facilitation is a formal process, convened by the Employment Relations Authority. The Authority Member listens to both parties, and can then make non-binding recommendations about what the terms of the collective should be, or what the parties should do to reach agreement.

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