As New Zealand’s leading port gets more automated more than 10% of its workforce could be made redundant, it has warned today. Ports of Auckland said 53 of its 500 employees face the chop if it gets the go ahead to partially automate straddle operations at the site on the North Island of New Zealand. A six-week consultation between management and workers is now set to get underway.
A decision on the automation proposal will be made in early 2016, and any redundancies would take place once the straddle carriers are in place – by mid-2017 at the earliest.
“For anyone that works down at the port it is crippling news particularly for long serving loyal employees at the port,” said the secretary of the Auckland branch of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, Russell Mayn. He added that the union would fight the proposal.