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Union withdraws strike notices, hopes for negotiation

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 13/03/2018
Rail and Maritime Transport Union organiser John Kerr © RNZ / Alex Harmer Rail and Maritime Transport Union organiser John Kerr

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union has withdrawn strike notices for tomorrow and Friday, in the hope they can continue negotiating with the Lyttelton Port.

The 200 union members - about half the port's staff - began a 13-day strike yesterday, after negotiations with the port company broke down over pay and work safety.

Yesterday, union members set up pickets at seven places around Christchurch.

Union organiser John Kerr said the strike notices for tomorrow and Friday have been withdrawn, and he hopes the company will return to the negotiating table.

He said the workers will also present a letter outlining their concerns to the owners of the port, Christchurch City Holdings, about midday today.

The Lyttelton port company has been approached for comment.


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