Mediation broke down in the Port dispute again yesterday with the PoAL management still refusing to make any concessions as they have refused to do throughout this process because their end goal is not an agreement but to destroy the union.
The workers are currently locked out, which is illegal at a port without 2 weeks’ notice when the lockout relates to collective negotiations as this one does. Moreover, management’s claim that the lock out is for health and safety reasons is spurious and unjustified. If all bosses are allowed to lock out workers on such grounds, the basis for collective bargaining in this country will be destroyed.
Hopefully, the Court will side with reason, force the Port to allow the workers back and impose compensation for lost wages along with hefty fines.
Add them to the bill that PoAL’s out of control management has imposed on Auckland.