THE Rail Maritime Union (RMTU) has withdrawn strike notices for Thursday and Friday (15-16 March) as a gesture of goodwill as the protracted dispute between the Union and Lyttelton Port of Christchurch continues.
A statement from the Port pointed out there was very little operational activity planned for the port over these days and asked the Union to extend the withdraw of strike notices to Tuesday 20 March.
“We believe this would genuinely show some goodwill to the exporters and importers of Canterbury and allow for some meaningful shipping to occur,” LPC operations manager Paul Monk said.
“We have offered to pay the RMTU members who will be rostered to work on the days strike notices are withdrawn.”
When the RMTU withdrew strike notices last week, shipping schedules had already been changed, and workers were not paid for those days because the Port said there was no work for them to do.