I have not followed the bus dispute in Auckland very closely, but find this story interesting:
The Employment Relations Authority has made public its recommendations to settle the pay dispute between NZ Bus and Auckland drivers.
The ERA suggested a wage increase of 4.2 per cent for the first 16 months, back-paid to July this year, then 3.9 per cent for the next 14 months from November next year.
Both increases amounted to 70 cents an hour.
The collective agreement would expire on December 31, 2011 after the Rugby World Cup, ERA recommended.
NZ Bus agreed to the recommendations and requested they should be released to the public.
So the employer is willing to accept the ERA recommendation, but it is the union that is not.
I note inflation is now running at 1.2%.