Auckland port workers strike again

The Maritime Union of New Zealand is gearing up for its 330 Auckland workers to be made redundant.
Photo / Dean Purcell
The Maritime Union of New Zealand is gearing up for its 330 Auckland workers to be made redundant. Photo / Dean Purcell

Maritime Union of New Zealand members at Ports of Auckland have voted to strike for a sixth time, and wharfies will refuse to work containers moved by the company's transport unit Conlinxx.

Some 300 union members voted for a week-long strike this morning. The industrial action won't be continuous. The action will start at 7am on February 15.

"The union is prepared to work through productivity and other issues, but not under the type of threats the management are holding over its employees," union president Garry Parsloe said in a statement. "It is aimed at getting management to negotiate rather than dictate."

The strike will be the latest in a running battle between port management, who want to cut costs by increasing use of casual labour, and the union in a dispute that's cost the transport hub contracts with shipping line Maersk and dairy exporter Fonterra Cooperative Group.

Ports of Auckland has requests for proposals out with potential new labour suppliers which are due back today, and it expects to make a decision about whether to proceed with plans to outsource jobs in early February.

Last week, it emerged the port tapped former Port of Tauranga chief Jon Mayson for advice on how to set up more flexible labour relations. Mayson was involved in the 1990 labour reforms at the Tauranga hub.

- BusinessDesk

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