Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) working in the port of Timaru issued a sixth strike notice this afternoon following five issued earlier this week.
South Island RMTU organizer John Kerr says this gives notice of a new 24-hour strike on Tuesday, December 21, following those notified for Thursday, December 16, Friday, December 17, Saturday December 18, Sunday December 19 and Monday December 20.
“Members voted for strike action any day or days until Christmas Eve and although we have a potential date for mediated negotiations on December 10, this needs to be confirmed by MBIE. We said we were ready to meet earlier, but employers say they are not available until the 10th. As a result, we have decided to post a new notice today.
“The RMTU has been in negotiations for a Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) with Prime Port Timaru and Quality Marshalling since May and the employers have made it clear that they would prefer not to enter into a MECA and have countered our demand for an 8% increase in wages with offers below the current inflation rate. We are hopeful that we can reach an agreement within two weeks before the start of the industrial action as there are quite a few shipments planned around the strike period. ”
“As the essential workers who have moved cargo along the docks throughout this pandemic, our members believe it is time for their efforts to be recognized, however.”
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