Lyt­tel­ton port work­ers lift strike

Waikato Times - - Business -

Port work­ers have have put off strike ac­tion at Lyt­tel­ton, near Christchurch, un­til next Tues­day and ne­go­ti­a­tions are un­der way again. The Rail and Mar­itime Trans­port Union ini­tially of­fered to lift strike ac­tion for to­day and Fri­day and then ex­tended it un­til March 20 af­ter a re­quest from Lyt­tel­ton Port Com­pany op­er­a­tions man­ager Paul Monk. He ac­knowl­edged the ini­tial ‘‘ges­ture of good­will’’, and the longer pe­riod needed to ar­range for nor­mal ship­ping. Work­ers would be paid even if there was lit­tle work un­til ship­ping re­sumed, Monk said. Ve­hi­cle and ma­chin­ery im­porters have been most af­fected by the dis­rup­tion be­cause ships were al­ready de­layed last month.

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