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#2271 Veladare


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Posted 06 March 2018 - 01:03 PM

Strike Number Ive Lost Count Already


6 March 2018
Lyttelton Port strikes by RMTU from midnight tomorrow
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to the nature of international shipping we have advised LPC staff who are RMTU members that if their strike notices are withdrawn with less than seven days notice it is likely there will not be work available for some of them, as shipping will already have been diverted from Lyttelton.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 tomorrow (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 Terminal.
Train capacity between KiwiRail CT and LCT will be limited to one train per day.  Customers should contact KiwiRail to discuss contingencies.
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 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 per day, Monday to Saturday
We appreciate your patience during this challenging time.
Simon Munt
Marketing Manager
To refuse 9% over 3 years is outrageous. They know SH1 is closed again due to massive slips from the weather two weeks ago. 
I know of businesses that are already up against the wall because they cant get stock into the South Island due to the creaking infrastructure.
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Posted 06 March 2018 - 01:35 PM

Good on them, they have my support. Another outfit happy to sacrifice workers wellbeing so the shareholders can squeeze a bit more coin into their offshore tax havens.

"We don't want to agree to something the company is proposing which we don't think is safe, and which in our view they're not paying enough for," Kerr said.

LPC chief executive Peter Davie said the port had made RMTU members a generous offer of annual salary increases of at least 3 per cent to accept what he described as "small changes".

"These are well paid jobs," Davie said.

"It sounds like Marie Antoinette saying the peasants can eat cake," Kerr said in response.

"This is a guy whose being paid $1 million a year, and we're arguing over shekels."

Davie was Christchurch's highest paid public boss last year, taking home $955,000 – a point of contention for many union members who view it as "exorbitant".
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Posted 07 March 2018 - 11:52 AM

"The Lyttelton Port has a history of workplace accidents, though its worst have not been fatigue related.

Between 2013 and 2014 the port had three employees die in a 12-month period, one from faulty maintenance and two who were crushed by machinery.

Under changes to the Health and Safety at Work Act, company directors can be jailed if they are found at fault for an accident, so there was incentive on both sides to come to the table, Kerr said."
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Posted 08 March 2018 - 06:28 AM



Of course there was nothing else for it. Steven Joyce was never going to sit there and fade into insignificance. So now National begins its true test, and it could signal a realignment on the right of New Zealand politics

Key was a surprise, but a lone act. McCully was predictable, even inevitable. As was English, after he'd had a tilt and failed (again). So it's Joyce's resignation that feels like a turning of the tide, a passing of the baton. It's now clear that Key's kitchen cabinet, the true deciders of the previous National era, are gone once and for all and National's rebuilding phase is set to begin in earnest.

Steven Joyce, before he resigned from politics today, had one of the luckiest political careers imaginable. He marks his start date in politics as 2003, when National brought him in as campaign manager after its disastrous, almost fatal, 2002 campaign. But his parliamentary career began in 2008 and it was impeccably timed. He became Minister of Transport and Communications that year and worked his way up, as his nickname confirms, to be the Minister of Everything.

Through it all he also displayed a clearer eye for what middle New Zealand wanted and valued than just about anyone, reading the polls with acuity. He got close in 2005, won three and then marked his card with losses in Northland in 2015 and at last year's general election. At both, Winston Peters was his bogeyman. Northland was a major SNAFU and his bridges promise a terrible misjudgement. One one hand last year's election was a bid to break the nine year rule and no-one canbe surprised he wasn't able to do it, but his desperate $11.7b hole ploy will be remembered for its dishonesty and cyncism. National supporters may think he rolled the dice and took one for the team, but more fair-minded voters should be less forgiving.

Still, an almost ten year career in which he was only not a minister for a matter of months? That's gold. Many brilliant MPs would crawl over hot coals for such a career. Who could wish for anything more?

Well, of course, there's the leadership of his party. Joyce clearly wished for that, but ran against, and lost to, Simon Bridges. So demotion awaited. A slow fading from the heart of power to the frustration of the wings. He had peaked and his mates were gone.

His critics on the right will say he ran his ministries like a fiefdom and spent taxpayer money and picked winners willy-nilly. (Which should be enough to make those on the left appreciate that he was never a true small government man, cutting wherever he could). Those critics on the left will damn his campaign chicanery most of all, but may also stop to remember his frustrating love of roads, stalling of Auckland's CRL, mistreatment of international education and dodgy SkyCity dealings. (Which should help those on the right remember he played a major part in winning them three elections).

What I appreciated most about Joyce was his willingness to engage. While I suspect he had more than a bit to do with National's 'no debate' policy under Key, he himself was willing to front time and again, even if it was often with the intent of saying as little as possible. My strongest memory is the 2014 finance debate when I had to go into the studio at the first ad-break and have a stern word to him and Robertson and tell them each had 30 seconds of uninterrupted speech each to get things off their chest. They had spent the first part of the programme almost coming to blows, in large part due to Joyce's willful winding up of an increasingly frustrated Robertson.

But all that power and the joy of being at the centre of things was behind him. His caucus colleagues clearly did not want to stretch the Key years into another shape, they wanted to build something new. They didn't want the guy who's been running so much for so long to keep running them. And as successful as Joyce has been politically, that's the right call. 

As he said himself today, it's "a fork in the road" and if nothing else, Joyce has long proven that he's one of the best in the game at reading the signals. Come in cobber, your time is up.

And he's not the only one. Can Nick Smith survive without his mate English to protect him? Does Brownlee have the energy to plough on? Can Chris Finlayson bear more than a few months in Opposition? 

But the fork in the road not just for Joyce and not just for National. It's a fork in the road for the right in New Zealand.

Without the Key/English/Joyce troika at the helm, National must try to find a new purpose and winning strategy. The task is a large one. Whatever you make of that threesome's choices and policy pronouncements, they were a remarkably skilled group of politicians. To be frank, it's hard to imagine the new kitchen cabinet matching their abilities.

So the true test for National starts now. Bridges and, it seems, Amy Adams have to somehow become the party's policy rock and public face. As competent as both are, neither has shown any flair or special ability in either realm. National mocked Labour for it's Jacinda Ardern inspired stardust last year, but will be hunting desperately for some itself now. What they have is two very steady and sombre souls, which won't be enough unless the tripartite government really does fall apart.

Perhaps the best news for National today is that Joyce's departure means the arrival of Nicola Willis, a future leader in the party. 

Bridges and Adams have to get themselves known, earn trust, capture the mood and convince voters to take another look. But they also have to read the currents flowing around them.

The tide is turning for National and political history suggests it will be an ebbing one. Under Joyce's artful campaigning instructions National hit at least 44 percent in four out of five elections; that's not sustainable. The vote on New Zealand's centre right is due some movement.

New Zealand First will hope to be beneficiaries as soft National take a look around and wait to be convinced (or not). ACT may believe it can still resurface, though nothing I've seen since the election supports that hope. The Opportunities Party? We'll see. Labour may hope some will settle for them, for now. But the opportunity is ripe for a new party on the right. National is ripe for some infighting as polls move and trust (or fear) is re-earned. If it were a stock, National would be waiting for a price correction.

It's going to be a trying year for the blues; on one hand Joyce's departure draws the clearest line yet under the old guard and gives the new team room to make their mark. But on the other it leaves National looking thinner on political smarts and heft than it has for a long time.


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 06:38 AM

Strong and stable... as long as they get what they are entitled to
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Posted 08 March 2018 - 06:48 AM

But the opportunity is ripe for a new party on the right


Wasn't that the only reason Mark Mitchell (so forgettable I had to look his name up) threw his name in the leadership race?


Purely a profile building exercise. 


And with the boomer dominated generation in Rodney it'd seem an electorate ripe for the picking.  

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 05:13 PM

we live in interesting times

can nz wag the dog .....as we've occasionally done before politically

or will the dog wag us? .....the usual

2 recent articles

1 . the world is shifting right

what explains; brexit, trump and the rise of the far right


2. the world left is watching nz

can stardust make a difference? 

Jacinda Ardern's New Zealand a social laboratory for the world


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#2278 AJ Oliver

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 04:45 AM

If it is wrong for the US or Russia to interfere in the internal politics of other countries, 


then it is wrong when Kiwis do it too. 


Personally, I'd fire her neoliberal ass . . What does she want us to do? Bring back Hillary? How did that work out for us? 




And I well understand that the US interferes in this fashion as a matter of routine. 

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 03:50 PM

if a new zealander can't comment in america


can an american comment in nz?

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 04:16 PM

If the US overthrows a democratically elected govt and no one complains is it wrong?
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