CentrePort Seeks Injunction in Labour Dispute

By: Centreport Wellington  05-Apr-2012

Monday, 05 March 2012

CentrePort is seeking an injunction from the Employment Court to stop workers from refusing to load and unload a ship recently arrived from Auckland. The hearing is currently scheduled for Tuesday.

On Friday and Saturday, a small number of staff refused to work on the ship, which coincided with a small group of protesters outside the port gate.

“We’re acting reasonably and responsibly to resolve a situation that’s not of our own making, while respecting the rights of customers and staff, and maintaining our business,” CentrePort chief Executive Blair O’Keeffe said.

“There are no health and safety issues, or employment negotiations involved in the dispute. Staff are legally obliged to fulfil the conditions of their collective employment agreement and we hope that they will do that,” Mr O’Keeffe said.

The dispute has not affected CentrePort’s other operations, and staff continue to work on other vessels at the port.

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