Negotiations on a new collective agreement between the Lyttleton Port Company (LPC) and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) have met an impasse with the RMTU advising they are striking on 8, 9 and 10 March. This is on top of overtime bans on the mechanical workshops from 3 to 25 March.
LPC is the largest port in the South Island and New Zealand's third-largest container port. It handles over 370,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) of containerised cargo a year and exports 17 per cent of the country's dairy products.
If the full 3-day stoppage goes ahead the port will likely shut down. Our Customer Service Team will advise you of the impact on any of your shipments.