April 16, 2021
Councillor says ship has sailed for port boss
An Auckland councillor says she’s surprised Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson still has a job.
Maritime Union members stopped work this week to cast a vote of no confidence in senior management and the company's board in the wake of a damning report on health and safety at the port, where three people have died in the past three years.
Auckland mayor Phil Goff says he’s counting on the board, which the council appoints, to drive the changes recommended in the report.
But Manurewa-Papakura ward councilor Angela Dalton says board chair Bill Osborne is failing to step up and call for Mr Gibson’s resignation.
"The report that was given on health and safety is very clear that there is a culture that does not enable the safety of the people working there, and yet the same people remain in charge," Ms Dalton says.
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