WORKERS at the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch are going ahead with a strike today (13 March) after negotiations on Monday for a collective agreement with the Rail Maritime Union (RMTU) failed to reach an agreement.
A statement from LPC said it would be unable to berth vessels during the strike period, including container, coal, bulk, tankers and any vessel requiring pilot and/or tug assistance during the strike, which is scheduled to continue through 25 March.
Also, the container terminal will not be stevedoring any container or coal vessels during the period, while the container terminal and empty container yard will be open for receival and delivery of cargo between 0700 and 1500 Monday-Saturday.
The LPC statement made it clear that while the port would continue to receive cargo, shippers should consult directly with the shipping lines to determine what contingency plans are in pace for cargo prior to bringing it to the Port.
Neither CityDepot nor MidlandPort are to be affected by the strike.
Last week the RMTU withdrew strike notices for 8-12 March, saying the further notices would be withdrawn should Monday’s negotiations end with an agreement. However, an agreement was not forthcoming.