At the Ports of Auckland bargaining for a new collective agreement has broken down. The two sticking points are reportedly concerns some members are being disadvantaged by being removed from their existing contractor roles and opposition to non-union members receiving union conditions.
The Maritime Union has given notice of two periods of strike action on 1-2 December and 8-10 December.
The Port Company has retaliated by locking out employees for a similar period of time after each period of strike action ends, effectively doubling the period of time the port will be out of action.
This tactic is likely to become more common because it seems to work. It also proved to be effective in the Australian context with the recent Qantas strike.
However, the overall trend of the last 10 years has been a significant decline in strike action and we expect a continuation of this trend when the next stats are released.