POAL Industrial Action Update
Ports of Auckland has announced that it is introducing competitive stevedoring into its Fergusson and Bledisloe Container Terminal operations.
This announcement comes after an extensive eight-week consultation and evaluation process. This produced a compelling business case showing that competitive stevedoring could enable Auckland to become New Zealand’s best-performing port, and a leader in the Asia-Pacific region over a short period.
Ports of Auckland have received multiple strike notices from Maritime Union of New Zealand. The strikes will occur consecutively and will involve complete withdrawal of MUNZ labour from the port for four weeks.
- A further strike notice for the period beginning 0700 hours Friday 9th March until 0700 hours Friday 16th March has been received.
- A further strike notice for the period beginning 0700 hours Friday 16th March until 0700 hours Friday 23rd March has been received.
- A further strike notice for the period beginning 0700 hours Friday 16th March until 0700 hours Friday 6th April has been received.
Ports of Auckland will do its utmost to keep the port operating using non-union labour, including maintaining R&D and servicing ships where possible. We will also continue to work with customers, other ports and the road transport industry to help minimise the impact of stoppages on cargo owners and consumers.
Third party contractors already operate the conventional (non-container terminal) port facilities in Auckland. These and other services, including the on-dock empty container depot, multi-cargo wharves (Jellicoe, Freyberg, Captain Cook, Marsden), cruise business, vehicle import trade, marine services, Onehunga seaport, Wiri Inland Port and Seafuels barge Awanuia, will remain open for business during industrial action.