RMTU OVERTIME BAN WITHDRAWN AT LYTTELTON PORT
The Rail and Maritime Union of New Zealand (RMTU) has today (28 February) withdrawn their notice of an overtime ban (from 3 to 25 March) at Lyttelton Port.
LPC have challenged the validity of all the strike notices issued to date.
Our contention is that the RMTU industrial action notices were not compliant with the Employment Relations Act due to their overlapping nature.
This has made it very difficult for us to give customers certainty about the strike impacts and the level of service we can provide.
The withdrawal of the overtime ban means Lyttelton Port will run normal operations this weekend including truck deliveries and receivals.
However, RMTU strike notices remain in place for a full withdrawal of labour on 8-14 March. We regret the disruption RMTU’s strike action will cause.
It will have a significant impact on our Port operations and customers.
Our view is that the RMTU members’ pay increase demands of between 4% and 15.45% are unreasonable. Our offer of at least 3% is comparable to our settlement last year with members of the other major Union at our Port, MUNZ, and it is well in excess of settlements in other ports that the RMTU have agreed to.
LPC will not be agreeing to terms and conditions that are better than those agreed with our majority Union (MUNZ) late last year.
We are confirming today with RMTU that, if strike notices are withdrawn at short notice and no work is available for RMTU members as a result of diverted shipping, then we will not be paying those staff members.
We will continue to provide you with updates as we progress contingency planning for the strikes. If you have any questions relating to the industrial action please discuss them with your normal LPC contact.