Lyttelton port workers lift strike
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.