Tuesday, 06 March 2012
CentrePort has been granted an injunction from the Employment Court to stop a refusal to load and unload any vessel on the grounds of the Ports of Auckland situation.
Staff refused to work on the Maersk Aberdeen at the weekend and again on Monday.
“Whilst we’re pleased the Court has affirmed our legal position in the dispute, we’re disappointed to be in this position and we think many of our workers are too” CentrePort chief Executive Blair O’Keeffe said.
“We didn’t create this situation, but we’ve worked to resolve it in a reasonable and responsible manner, respecting the rights of customers and staff, and maintaining our business.”
Mr O’Keeffe said the Court decision confirmed that CentrePort staff were acting unlawfully by not agreeing to work on the Maersk Aberdeen.
“We appreciate our people have been put in a difficult position, but we hope the Court ruling will result in their return to normal work activities, and that we can continue the smooth and productive relationship we have built up over many years.”
CentrePort expected the Maersk Aberdeen would be worked on later today.