Get a Labour government and the strikes start roliing in

Union scumbag Wayne Butson

It shouldn’t be a surprise that strikes, unheard of under the last government, are rolling in now as unions flex their muscles:

Wellington railway workers are to hold a 24-hour strike on Thursday.

The workers, employed by Transdev Wellington and Hyundai Rotem on Wellington’s passenger rail network, have voted in favour of taking industrial action, saying they need to defend their terms and conditions of employment.

They plan to stop work for 24 hours, starting from 2am on Thursday.

Metlink said on Tuesday night there would be no trains, and no bus replacements either at this stage, “although we are exploring options”.

It advised rail commuters to make alternative transport arrangements, “or consider not travelling at all”.

Motorists and bus users should expect delays caused by heavy traffic, and should also consider making alternative arrangements, including travelling earlier or later, or not at all.

Parents and caregivers should re-evaluate their plans if children could not get to school during strike action.

Students sitting exams would need to factor train cancellations and road congestion into their travel plans, as should people travelling to Wellington Hospital or the airport.

On a regular weekday in Wellington, more than 30,000 passenger journeys were made by train, Metlink said. “With short notice, we are not able to source enough buses to transport this number of passengers.”

The strike action comes after Transdev and Hyundai Rotem called for the removal of long-standing terms and conditions in the workers’ collective agreement.

Rail and Maritime Transport Union general secretary Wayne Butson said the union had been trying to negotiate with the companies since May.

Expect more strikes like this.

So much for public transport. Still it won’t be too bad, it is only civil servants mostly affected. I bet government runs real smooth that day.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

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