Thursday, March 29, 2012

Judge says POAL Might be in Breach of Employment Law

The judge handling the court case between the Maritime Union and the Ports of Auckland has said that the Ports might be in breach of the Employment Relations Act. This is good news for the workers, but I fear the battle is not over yet. Despite lifting the lockout notice and caving in on paying workers who were illegally locked out, the Port is still going to the media saying that MUNZ need to allow them to manage the port in a "modern" way. It's strange what these people see as modern is what others see as archaic. What is so anti-modern about guaranteed work hours and a living wage? I think the Port are trying to present themselves to the public as being open to negotiation by conceding these things, but still won't participate in good faith bargaining when it comes to the terms of employment for the workers. Call me a cynic, but I think it's far from over yet.

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