Strike Action

Lyttelton Port will be temporarily closed from 12:01 AM the 13th March as a result of strike action by the Rail and Maritime Union of New Zealand (RMTU).

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Champion Freight

Lyttelton Port

12th March 2018

The latest LPC notifications are itemised below, detailing the commencement and duration of strike action. We are monitoring develops and will notify customers as updates come to hand.

LCP has issued the following media releases:

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LPC Customer Notice

12th March 2018

Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) is very disappointed that the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) today refused a generous salary increase offer during mediation and insists on striking from midnight tonight.

We have now received strike notices for 13 - 25 March inclusive.

This is in spite of LPC offering RMTU members a 3% salary increase each year for three years while asking for no changes in their conditions of work.

We are no longer asking them to make the roster changes, agreed to a year ago by their Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) colleagues at the Port, which would allow us to offer customers more flexible servicing of their vessels. The reason MUNZ members received a salary increase of 4% this year and 3% for the next two years was because they embraced and are working the flexible roster RMTU is refusing to accept.

We have previously offered RMTU members in the Terminal parity with these conditions and wages. However, RMTU want the same salary increases as their MUNZ colleagues while refusing to make the same roster changes.

We regret this unnecessary disruption for customers being caused by the Union's industrial action. This is why we dropped our claim for roster changes and last week made such a generous offer to them to try and resolve the dispute.

Operations During Strike Period

Berthing Vessels:

LPC will be unable to berth any vessels during the strike period. This includes Container, Coal, Bulk, Tankers and any vessel requiring pilot and/or tug assistance.

LCT Operations:

The Container Terminal will not be stevedoring any container vessels or coal vessels during the strike period.

The Container Terminal and Empty Container Yard (ECY) will be open for Receival and Delivery of cargo between the hours of 0700 and 1500 Monday - Saturday.

No services will be available on Sunday.

We will be able to continue Reefer Power and Monitoring services at the Terminal.

Train capacity between KiwiRail CT and LCT will be limited to one train per day. Customers should contact KiwiRail to discuss contingencies.

Exports:

We will continue to receive cargo with a valid booking number for vessels scheduled to call at Lyttelton. However shippers should consult directly with their shipping lines to determine what contingency plans are in place for export cargo prior to bringing cargo into the Port.

Where port omissions are likely and customers have the ability to hold cargo at their facilities, or at alternate facilities, we would appreciate these options being considered to assist with potential capacity issues at the Port which could result from cargo build up.

Due to the fluid nature of this situation we will continue to monitor our approach to receiving export cargo and keep you updated.

CityDepot and MidlandPort:

Neither CityDepot nor MidlandPort will be affected by the strikes. For those customers that use these facilities for full cargo, we are monitoring yard and rail capacity closely and will liaise with you if we start seeing a build up of cargo. If vessel calls are uncertain, we would ask that cargo is held on site where possible. Train capacity between MidlandPort and LCT will be limited to one train service.

We remain committed to resolving the dispute but we cannot accept the Union's unreasonable salary increase demands and inflexible position.

LPC Customer Notice

8th March 2018

We have now confirmed that the following vessels will be calling Lyttelton Port:

  • Spirit of Canterbury – arrival Saturday 10 March
  • ANL Elanora – arrival Sunday 11 March
  • NYK Futago – arrival Sunday 11 March
  • Gottfried Schulte – arrival Monday 12 March

Cargo acceptance for all four vessels is now open.

Receival and Delivery Hours

 

  • Thursday 8 March – R&D will be open until 2300
  • Thursday 8 March – 2300 to 0400 the Terminal will be closed due to planned IT system update. No R&D services will be available
  • Saturday 10 March – 1500 to 2300 the Terminal will be closed due to no vessel operating on the berth and no planned trucking activity. No R&D services will be available
  • Saturday 10 March 2300 to Monday 12 March 2300 – R&D will be open
  • Monday 12 March 2300 – Terminal will close until further notice

LPC Customer Notice

6th March 2018

LPC has today been advised by the Employment Court that its application has been declined for an interim injunction to prevent strikes proceeding at the Port by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU).

The RMTU strike will begin at Lyttelton Port Thursday 8 March.

We have now received strike notices issued by RMTU for thirteen consecutive days from 8 March to 20 March inclusive. We regret the significant disruption to our customers that will be caused by the RMTU strikes proceeding.

Due to the nature of international shipping we have advised LPC staff who are RMTU members that if their strike notices are withdrawn with less than seven days' notice it is likely there will not be work available for some of them as shipping will already have been diverted from Lyttelton.

We want the industrial dispute resolved but RMTU's salary increase demands are unreasonable and unacceptable. We are offering RMTU members at least a 3% salary increase a year for three years and the changes we are seeking are not substantial.

LPC's offer is comparable to our settlement last year with the 201 members of the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ), the other major Union at our Port. Our offer to RMTU members is well in excess of settlements in other ports that the RMTU have already agreed to.

Mediation is set for Wednesday 7 March and we will update you again after this. Should you have any questions regarding the industrial action please discuss them with your normal LPC contact.

Operations During Strike Period

Berthing Vessels:

LPC will be unable to berth any vessels during the strike period. This includes Container, Coal, Bulk, Tankers and any vessel requiring pilot and/or tug assistance.

LCT Operations:

The Container Terminal will not be stevedoring any container vessels or coal vessels during the strike period.

The Container Terminal and Empty Container Yard (ECY) will be open for Receival and Delivery of cargo between the hours of 0700 and 1500 Monday - Saturday.

No services will be available on Sunday.

We will be able to continue Reefer Power and Monitoring services at the Terminal.

Train capacity between KiwiRail CT and LCT will be limited to one train per day. Customers should contact KiwiRail to discuss contingencies.

Exports:

We will continue to receive cargo for vessels scheduled to call at Lyttelton. However shippers should consult directly with their shipping lines to determine what contingency plans are in place for export cargo prior to bringing cargo into Port.

Where port omissions are likely and customers have the ability to hold cargo at their facilities, or at alternate facilities, we would appreciate these options being considered to assist with potential capacity issues at the Port which could result from cargo build up.

Due to the fluid nature of this situation we will continue to monitor our approach to receiving export cargo and keep you updated.

CityDepot and Midland Port:

Neither CityDepot nor Midland Port will be affected by the strikes. For those customers that use these facilities for full cargo, we are monitoring yard and rail capacity closely and will liaise with you if we start seeing a build-up of cargo. If vessel calls are uncertain, we would ask that cargo is held on sitewhere possible.

Train capacity between Midland Port and LCT will be limited to one train service per day, Monday to Saturday.

We appreciate your patience during this challenging time.

LPC Customer Notice

28th February 2018

The Rail and Maritime Union of New Zealand (RMTU) has today withdrawn its notice of an overtime ban (from 3 to 25 March) at Lyttelton Port.

We have challenged the validity of all the strike notices issued to date.

Our contention is that the RMTU industrial action notices were not compliant with the Employment Relations Act due to their overlapping nature.

This made it very difficult for us to give customers certainty about the strike impacts and the level of service we can provide.

The withdrawal of the overtime ban means Lyttelton Port will run normal operations this weekend including truck deliveries and receivals.

However, RMTU strike notices remain in place for a full withdrawal of labour on 8-14 March. We regret the disruption RMTU’s strike action will cause.

It will have a significant impact on our Port operations and customers.

Our view is that the RMTU members’ pay increase demands of between 4% and 15.45% are unreasonable. Our offer of at least 3% is comparable to our settlement last year with members of the other major Union at our Port, MUNZ and it is well in excess of settlements in other ports that the RMTU have agreed to.

LPC will not be agreeing to terms and conditions that are better than those agreed with our majority Union (MUNZ) late last year.

We are confirming today with RMTU that, if strike notices are withdrawn at short notice and no work is available for RMTU members as a result of diverted shipping, then we will not be paying those staff members.

We will continue to provide you with updates as we progress contingency planning for the strikes. If you have any questions relating to the industrial action please discuss them with you normal LPC contact.

LPC Customer Notice

27th February 2018

LPC has now received strike notices for six days issued by the Rail and Maritime Union of New Zealand (RMTU).

RMTU members at Lyttelton Port will be taking the following industrial action:

  • Full withdrawal of labour on 8 – 13 March.
  • An overtime ban on our mechanical workshop from 3rd March to 25th March.

We are working with shipping lines to ensure their vessels are worked this weekend, when the overtime ban begins, although there will be some delays.

However, on strike days when there is a full withdrawal of labour LPC will be unable to provide most services to shipping lines and other customers. We regret the disruption RMTU’s industrial action will cause.

We have been issued with six individual notices for 24 hour full day strikes on top of the weekend overtime strike by Maintenance staff for the whole of March. By providing notices in this form (multiple and overlapping), RMTU has made it difficult for us to provide certainty to our customers regarding the impacts of the strikes and the level of services we can maintain.

We have challenged the overlapping notices with the RMTU as we do not believe these comply with the requirements of the Employment Relations Act 2000. We are also reviewing our options for responding to the series of individual strike notices and how we can limit disruption to our Customers.

RMTU is daily issuing a one day strike notice. Receiving strike notices one day at a time maximises the potential for disruption of port services and increases uncertainty for customers.

We were very disappointed to receive the industrial action notices as we are asking RMTU members to accept small changes most of which have already been embraced by their colleagues in the other major Union at the Port, MUNZ. The changes are necessary so we can continue to improve customer service and remain competitive with other ports.

We will continue to provide you with regular updates. If you have any questions relating to the effects of the industrial action please discuss them with your normal LPC contacts.

Questions?

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further assistance.