Ports of Auckland workers ratify agreement

Maritime Union members at the Ports of Auckland have ratified their collective employment agreement with Ports of Auckland.

The new agreement was ratified by a meeting of members at the Ports on Thursday 25 June 2009.

The agreement will be signed next week. Details of the agreement are being kept confidential.

The previous agreement had expired 30 November 2006 and had led to a series of industrial actions by members at the Port, including stopwork meetings.

It has been stressful time for Ports of Auckland members recently.

A restructuring announced by the Port Company in May 2009 will effectively close down the permanent workforce at Bledisloe Terminal.

Local 13 President Denis Carlisle says he believes that it is a good agreement in the current economic climate.

Ports of Auckland is wholly owned by Auckland Regional Holdings, the commercial arm of Auckland Regional Council.

The role of the port has been debated lately as business interests push for privatization. The chairman of the Ports of Auckland Board of Directors Gary Judd was recently replaced, and further complications for the Port include the new “supercity” proposal and redevelopment proposals for the waterfront area.

Maritime Union members at the Ports of Auckland have ratified their collective employment agreement with Ports of Auckland.

The new agreement was ratified by a meeting of members at the Ports on Thursday 25 June 2009. The agreement will be signed next week. Details of the agreement are being kept confidential.

The previous agreement had expired 30 November 2006 and had led to a series of industrial actions by members at the Port, including stopwork meetings.

It has been stressful time for Ports of Auckland members recently.

A restructuring announced by the Port Company in May 2009 will effectively close down the permanent workforce at Bledisloe Terminal.

Local 13 President Denis Carlisle says he believes that it is a good agreement in the current economic climate.

Ports of Auckland is wholly owned by Auckland Regional Holdings, the commercial arm of Auckland Regional Council.

The role of the port has been debated lately as business interests push for privatization. The chairman of the Ports of Auckland Board of Directors Gary Judd was recently replaced, and further complications for the Port include the new “supercity” proposal and redevelopment proposals for the waterfront area.

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