Gary Parsloe, the President of the Maritime Union, confirms the Ports of Auckland has the right to contract out jobs however there is no way forward in the dispute between the Ports of Auckland and the Unions.
Now I have extrapolated slightly, but not illogically, from a conversation I had with him this morning.
We spoke for more than 10 minutes of which about half was spent trying to get Mr. Parsloe to answer the question, “Does the Ports of Auckland have the right to contract out the work?” The answers from him ranged from “No” to “We’re challenging it” to “We don’t believe in the way that they have done it” until I was finally able to explain in great details what I was asking him.
“I am not asking you have done it incorrectly? I am asking you do they have the right?”
“Yes they have the right to contract out and even if we’re working they have right to contract out parts of their business.”
An answer, I thought I had better double check…
“We agree then, that the business then, has the right to contract out the work?”
Which moved me onto the part of the conversation that actually interested me.
“If they have the right to do it, what did [the Ports of Auckland] need to do to end up with contracting out the work?”
To which the response was varied, but the theme was definite.
“We don’t want the contracting out!”
“We don’t want it to happen!”
So the Maritime Union, via its President is telling us that they are not going to negotiate around the contracting…they don’t want it and as I said in my interview, come hell or high water they will do what they can to stop it.
Now if you are a Union person you might think this is fair enough, I think it’s at best mischievous…and at worst down right dishonest as all we are hearing from the Union is that the Ports of Auckland are not bargaining “in good faith” that they are not participating in “good bargaining”. I would say that if one side wants to move towards contracting, and that is something that the other side refuses to even discuss, it would be the latter that is not working in good faith.
A couple of other interactions with Gary Parsloe to make sure I was 100% clear
“You don’t want them to contract out the work, so you will do anything to stop them contracting it out.”
“We’re trying to convince them not to.”
“Isn’t the truth you just don’t want to stop the contracting full stop.”
“We don’t want contracting.”
To which we come to the inevitable conclusion
“They have the right to contract, if they want to stick by that right to do, there is an impasse correct?”
“There is an impasse”
City of Auckland…there is an impasse
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