MEDIA RELEASE 21 February 2018
Despite Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) attending mediation today it was not possible to reach an agreement with the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU).
LPC Chief Executive Peter Davie said the Company is disappointed RMTU has responded by issuing a strike notice for Thursday 8 March.“We are assessing the potential effects for the port’s import and export customers of the strike action while we also continue contingency planning.
“We cannot agree to the unreasonable double digit pay increases RMTU members are demanding. These include wage increases of between 4% and 15.45% depending on their work area.
“These staff are very well paid and we are offering annual salary increases of at least 3% a year for the next three years at a time when the rate of inflation is only 1.6%. The RMTU salary demands come on top of the substantial total wage increases they have had of 7.5% over the last three years.
“Most of their colleagues in the other major Union at the port, the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ), have for a year been working the more efficient roster that RMTU members are refusing.
“LPC has been working with RMTU and the other Unions at out port for some time in a fatigue management group as we jointly discuss issues associated with fatigue to ensure staff safety. This is a co-operative and collaborative process which the RMTU supports. It is disingenuous of RMTU to now criticise the process.
“We remain committed to resolving the issues and hope agreement can be reached soon.”