The Maritime Union, which represents port workers at the Ports of Auckland, says it will react positively to recommendations due out in the next few days on how to end its long-running industrial dispute.
The union and the port company have been in facilitation since May and the facilitator is due to report back to the union and port company with a proposal on how to resolve the dispute over contracting out and hours of work which resulted in a series of strikes, lockouts and redundancy threats earlier this year.
The dispute began when the port company sought through negotiations to remove any guaranteed hours for the workers and casualise its workforce. For the stevedores that would mean not knowing from week to week whether they could be sent home after three hours or told to work a 12-hour shift, or not having any work at all.
Many of Auckland’s TEU members gave their support to the wharfies earlier this year joining them on pickets.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown wrote a letter to both parties last week encouraging them to find a way to end the dispute.
Len Brown told the media he held a “strong expectation” that both parties would use the recommendations as a vehicle for ending the dispute.
Maritime Union national president Garry Parsloe says it is committed to settling a collective agreement and would respond in a positive way to the recommendations put forward.