THE Rail and Maritime Transport Union and Lyttelton Port of Christchurch have reached an agreement in principle, possibly ending months of industrial strife at the New Zealand port.
The agreement reached today (18 April), which covers terms of settlement, will require formal ratification by RMTU members.
LPC chief executive Peter Davie said the lifting of the strike notices was a positive step as the parties move closer to achieving a settlement.
“LPC wants to acknowledge our customers’ ongoing support and thank them for their patience during the industrial action,” he said.
“It is encouraging that we can again give importers, exporters and our region certainty of uninterrupted service at Lyttelton Port.”
Last week the RMTU issued strike notices for 11 staff who operate the Port’s pilot launch, which would have rendered the port unable to berth vessels.
In response, LPC said it would pay none of RMTU’s 191 members for the days it receives strike notices for – effectively a lockout.
As a result of today’s in-principle agreement, the RMTU has withdrawn its strike notices for 20-24 April and 26-29 April and LPC has withdrawn its lockout notice.