Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) has now received strike notices from the Rail and Maritime Union New Zealand (RMTU) for nine consecutive days from 8-16 March inclusive.
LPC have challenged the validity of strike notices issued by RMTU for 8th – 14th March and our application for an interim injunction will be heard in court tomorrow (Saturday 3 March). We hope to get a decision this weekend.
Our contention is that the RMTU industrial action notices were not compliant with the Employment Relations Act due to their overlapping nature. This has presented LPC with a significant challenge in providing our customers with certainty about the strike impacts and the level of service we can maintain.
The RMTU industrial action will create significant disruption to Port services for customers and the region. This is extremely disappointing, especially given the current disruption to the South Island freight network caused by the recent cyclone Gita.
A mediation date has been set for Wednesday 7 March. We want the industrial dispute resolved but RMTU’s salary increase demands are unreasonable and unacceptable
Our contingency planning remains focused on reducing the impact of the industrial action on customers as much as possible. During the strike period it is unlikely we will be able to berth and work vessels however we are assessing what services we can provide during the strike period. Below is an update on our plans for R&D.
Please contact your Mondiale representative if more information is required.
Monday, 5 March 2018
Posted: 5 months 1.7 weeks ago
Tags: ISF, Lyttelton, Strike
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