Ports of Auckland slapped with $40k fine

Ports of Auckland says it's disappointed with a fine for illegally employing strike-breaking contractors.

It's been slapped with a $40,000 fine by the Employment Relations Act for illegally employing an overseas engineer, paying him $10,000 a week, to undertake the work of striking wharfies.

In a statement, the port says staff and management were simply focused on keeping the port running during the strikes earlier this year.

It says that was done to minimise the impact on the people, businesses and other employees.

The union in the long-running dispute with the Ports of Auckland says it's happy to see the company slapped with a fine.

Maritime Union of New Zealand president Garry Parsloe says the port's lost all credibility.

He says they've broken the law.

Garry Parsloe says the port's been dishonest throughout the whole process.

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