Freight Forwarding News - Industrial Action at Lyttelton Port, New Zealand

Freight Forwarding News - Industrial Action at Lyttelton Port, New Zealand

Whale received notice that negotiations have failed for a pay rise between Lyttelton Port Company and the Union for 50 and 75 workers for the days they were 'illegally locked out' and unable to work last week. The below post is what we received from the Lyttelton Port Company informing our customers of operation disruptions.


Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) is very disappointed that the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) today refused a generous salary increase offer during mediation and insists on striking from midnight tonight. We have now received strike notices for 13 - 25 March inclusive.

This is in spite of LPC offering RMTU members a 3% salary increase each year for three years while asking for no changes in their conditions of work.

We are no longer asking them to make the roster changes, agreed to a year ago by their Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) colleagues at the Port, which would allow us to offer customers more flexible servicing of their vessels. The reason MUNZ members received a salary increase of 4% this year and 3% for the next two years was because they embraced and are working the flexible roster RMTU is refusing to accept.

We have previously offered RMTU members in the Terminal parity with these conditions and wages. However, RMTU want the same salary increases as their MUNZ colleagues while refusing to make the same roster changes. We regret this unnecessary disruption for customers being caused by the Union’s industrial action. This is why we dropped our claim for roster changes and last week made such a generous offer to them to try and resolve the dispute.

Operations during Strike Period

Berthing Vessels

LPC will be unable to berth any vessels during the strike period. This includes Container, Coal, Bulk, Tankers and any vessel requiring pilot and/or tug assistance.

LCT Operations

The Container Terminal will not be stevedoring any container vessels or coal vessels during the strike period. The Container Terminal and Empty Container Yard (ECY) will be open for Receival and Delivery of cargo between the hours of 0700 and 1500 Monday – Saturday. No services will be available on Sunday.

We will be able to continue Reefer Power and Monitoring services at the Terminal. Train capacity between KiwiRail CT and LCT will be limited to one train per day. Customers should contact KiwiRail to discuss contingencies.

If you need any help or think the strike will affect you, please contact one of our Customer Success Managers.

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