Strike Notices at Lyttelton Port
Customer Notice - 29th December
This is a further update about strike action which the members of the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) intend taking at Lyttelton Port.
We have received another strike notice from MUNZ. This is for the weekend of Saturday 14 January and Sunday 15 January. We now have valid strike notices for the next three weekends.
There has been no bargaining since 22 December. LPC requested further bargaining on the 28 and 29 January, conditional on this weekend’s strike notice being rescinded. MUNZ was not prepared to withdraw its strike notice. With the strike proceeding, our focus for this week has been developing our contingency plans and working with customers to try and minimise the impact.
MUNZ have advised LPC that they are not available for further discussions until the week starting 9 January due to key personnel not being available. Considering the continual issuance of strike notices and the resulting disruption to the supply chain we find this position extremely disappointing. We are reviewing all our options but will be seeking formal engagement with MUNZ prior to this date.
Contingency plans are in place to manage container shipping as well as possible over the weekends when strikes will occur and, as we have previously advised, we will be offering R&D services throughout this period. MUNZ intended to place a ‘peaceful’ picket at or around our various entrances. We sought an injunction to stop picketing occurring around our entrances and ensure the ability of customers, truckers and other Port Users to carry out their normal business at the port. This injunction has been upheld. We are working with the Police to ensure that this is enforced and will monitor this closely for the duration of each strike.
We appreciate your patience and ongoing support during this time. We will continue to keep you updated.