Ports of Auckland has announced that it will now re-enter negotiations with the Union based on a good faith agreement reached after a Judicial Settlement Conference yesterday in which the Judge urged both parties to give it one more shot.
The Port has put on hold plans for the redundancies and employing Stevedore contractors.
The Union is meeting today to discuss returning to work and halting current strikes. We envisage the Union workers returning to the port during this process which will improve the current crisis, but acknowledge that both parties need to concede terms considerably to get closer to an agreement.
The Maritime Union strike set for one week from 0700 Friday 24th Feb appears to be proceeding after further talks between the Ports Management and Union failed to resolve the employment contract issues.
Speaking with Port Management today they are confident contingency plans for non- union and contracted staff will provide the container movement and R & D (Release and Delivery) services required albeit at a limited rate.
The Port is waiting for decisions from Shipping Lines at this stage as Lines may omit the Auckland call during this “Strike” week and discharge/uplift Auckland cargo via Tauranga port.
Note – Coastal vessels and cargo will not be effected.
We will continue to keep all customers up-to-date as news comes to hand
Container Relocation’s services will be unaffected by this strike action
In the latest “Business South” publication, we have been featured in a full page feature article. The link to the story is listed below.
We’re continually striving to improve our internal systems and procedures which will ultimately improve the level of customer service that we’re providing to our clients. As part of this ongoing process, we’ll be getting in contact with every client that is using our service and asking them for feedback. Our aim is to continually improve our product and maintain our position as the best household removals business in New Zealand, with the smallest carbon footprint.
It’s an interesting fact that 30% of our business comes from returning clients and/or a direct referral from a past client. This fact speaks volumes about the high level of customer service and pride that our team take in their work.
A further improvement that we’re making this week is with the migration of our accounting software over to a product called ‘Xero’. Xero has a direct link to our bank so payments made to us via bank transfer (or our credit card facility) will be receipted as soon as the money arrives into our account.
One massive benefit of this is that the team at Smart Virtual Office (who assist us with administration services) will have complete visibility and will therefore be able to assist our clients without delay if we’re busy or unavailable. In addition, Xero will further streamline our processes and allow us to spend more time on our core business which is to offer our clients a hassle free cost-effective environmentally friendly relocation
We’re introducing this new feature which will link from our existing webpage and also from our Facebook page.
This blog site is a means to offer our clients, suppliers, friends and family updates about what we’ve been up to, and to provide our opinion on some of the current affairs that are making the news.
We’ll attempt to include some humour in this blog but I have to apologise in advance if we’re simply not that funny.
One final point which is of the up most importance – any spelling and grammatical errors that you may find in our blog have been deliberately put there to test the skills of our readers so good luck with that!!!