Media Release - RMTU wants workers paid to do nothing
Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) is very disappointed that RMTU is directing its members to come to work at the Port knowing there is little work available for them because they withdrew their strike notices too late for shipping to return.
LPC Operations Manager Paul Monk says the Union wants the Port to pay its members to turn up and do nothing.
“International shipping movements are planned at least a week in advance. RMTU knows that. They know they withdrew their strike notices (for 8-12 March) too late for shipping to return to the Port during that period. They are fully aware there is little work for their members to do when there are no ships here. Our wharves are empty today but the RMTU still wants its members paid. The RMTU is not acting in good faith.
“It is also misleading for the Union to describe the situation as an “illegal lockout”. It is not. Only 25 of its 201 members are not needed to work today and will not be paid.
“There is no lockout of the Union members by LPC and nothing of this sort has been advised from LPC to the Union or its members. The only industrial action which is pending is strike action by the Union and its members.
“We have made a generous offer to RMTU members of a 3% salary increase each year for three years while asking for no change to their roster, work or conditions. They are demanding salary increases of more than double the current inflation rate (1.6%).
“LPC remains committed to resolving the industrial situation but RMTU’s inflexibility, excessive salary demands and deliberately misleading statements are inflaming what is already a difficult situation”.
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