It seems from the actions of PoAL this week that the management are either nuts or there is an ulterior motive to the dispute.
What we do know is there is no strike notice or lockout currently in place, the union members want to return to work and bargain in good faith and the management aren’t allowing them back on the job.
It is apparent that the supply chain is choked and the port is working at severely reduced capacity and there is a lock out in 10 days.
When I heard the workers were lifting the strike notice on Thursday I thought it was a bad strategic move because that would allow some relief to the pressure on the supply chain before the lockout coming into force. I thought that PoAL would have jumped at the chance for some relief but then disputes aren’t always as they seem.
So why aren’t they back?
I think that the Pearson is under instruction to privatise the port.
Pearson was Hutchisons Port Holdings’ man when they attempted a joint-takeover the Port of Lyttelton in 2006. Hutchinson Port Holdings is owned by Li Ka-Ching and Pearson has held senior management and board positions on many of Ka-Ching’s companies. He is a trusted lieutenant and is known to get things his own way. There are many capitalists, including Li Ka-Ching, lining up to get their hands on New Zealand’s state owned enterprises as they come onto the block.
They will be able to turn a quick buck once they have restructured the operation, reduced pay rates and eliminated “bureaucracy”.
Pearson, Gibson and Impey are steering PoAL into a death spiral to force privatisation so they can get their grubby hands on a cheap deal. Kill the business, force Auckland Council to put it on the block and then Ka-Ching buys it on the cheap and KA-CHING big profit!