After considering recommendations received from Facilitator Alastair Dumbleton last week, Ports of Auckland has advised him that it is willing to accept his package of recommendations.
Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson said that while the port is not happy with aspects of the package, he was willing to compromise in order to do a deal.
“Accepting the recommendations means compromise on both sides”, he said, “but it also offers significant benefits for the port, port staff, their families, and Auckland as a whole.
“Last year Garry Parsloe gave the Mayor an assurance that the union would ‘consider and respond in a positive way to the recommendations of the Facilitator’, so I am hopeful that the Maritime Union will also accept the recommendations without further delay.”
Details of the recommendations are still confidential, so POAL will not be making any further comment until the recommendations are made public.
The Maritime Union of New Zealand welcomes the message from Ports of Auckland Limited that it is willing to compromise, on the basis of the recommendations of the facilitator, to reach the settlement of a collective agreement at the Port.
Maritime Union of New Zealand National President Garry Parsloe says the Union considers the recommendations as a whole to be a useful basis to enter into what it hopes will be a successful round of negotiations with POAL, as is recommended by the Authority, to reach a settlement that is fair to all the parties. He says the Maritime Union will be seeking to enter into negotiations as soon as possible.
“The Union is seeking the agreement of POAL to an all up meeting of members to enable members to consider the recommendations and any progress made in bargaining on them in the interim.”
Details of the recommendations are confidential and the union will not be making any further comment on them.
The Mayor of Auckland has welcomed the reaction of both parties to the facilitator’s recommendations.
“This has been an exhaustive and fair process and throughout it, I have urged both parties to accept the recommendations of the facilitator,” says Len Brown. “It has been almost nine months since the facilitation process began. I know Aucklanders will welcome the positive response of the parties to the facilitator’s recommendations. I look forward to a speedy return to negotiations and a settlement of an issue which has cast a shadow over our port for too long. Auckland is keen to move ahead.”