Wednesday , 22 May 2019
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Ports of Auckland (POAL) has welcomed the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) decision to withdraw its opposition to the lifting of interim court orders related to legal action the union took during last year’s strikes.

Auckland welcomes union’s withdrawal of opposition

The orders, which restricted Auckland’s ability to hire and train staff, had been in place for 14 months. They were only ever intended to be in place for a short period, until the full legal action could be heard.

Earlier this year POAL applied to the Employment Court for the interim orders to be lifted, an application MUNZ had previously opposed. MUNZ has now reversed its position and has agreed that the orders be rescinded. The court hearing scheduled for this week (Week 20) in relation to these matters will now not take place.

Tony Gibson, Ports of Auckland CEO said “We welcome this change of heart from the Maritime Union. It is a positive step which should assist the parties to continue in facilitation and settle a collective agreement.”

Three days of facilitation will be scheduled for the week commencing June 3, 2013