After weeks and months of strikes, and a growing loss of business to other ports, it was inevitable that Ports of Auckland would go down the only viable path left to them, which is contracting out.
The Herald reports:
Ports of Auckland said the decision to introduce “competitive stevedoring ” was partly the result of the impact of long running industrial action on its business.
Redundancies would begin later next week, with striking staff encouraged to apply for new positions, he said.
“This decision has not been made lightly, but we believe it is vital to ensuring a successful and sustainable future for the Port, including protecting jobs over the long term,” he said.
Ports of Auckland Chairman Richard Pearson said the company’s priority was to win back lost business.
“This decision will reassure the wider market and customers that we plan to achieve a sustainable lift in the port’s competitiveness as soon as possible.
One can’t continue with a situation where you get paid for 43 hours and only actually work 28.