Wellington rail strike

Winston Peters may have got what he wanted, back to the seventies – where transport strikes were a regular disruptive occurrence.

Wellington is being severely disrupted today with a 24 hour rail strike, the first for over twenty years.

Wellington City Council’s advice:

*Don’t bring your car into town if you don’t have pre-arranged parking
*Try to arrange with neighbours or work colleagues to share a ride in their cars if they normally bring them into town, but expect delays
* Normal parking rules apply
* The 2-hour time limit will be enforced throughout the CBD

Stuff:  Wellington train strike sparks commuter chaos

Rail Maritime Transport Union workers announced on Tuesday that they would strike over employment conditions after hitting an impasse with train operators Transdev Wellington and Hyundai Rotem.

It would be the first industrial action since 1994 to affect the Wellington rail network for longer than two hours.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Train workers will stop work for 24 hours, starting from 2am today affecting all commuter services on Johnsonville Hutt, Melling, Wairarapa, and Kāpiti lines.

* Around 30,000 train commuters will be affected.

* Metlink said on Tuesday night there would be no bus replacements.

* Rail commuters are advised to make alternative transport arrangements, or consider not travelling at all.

Normal bus services will continue to run, but may be delayed by heavy traffic.

NZTA warns roads will be more busy than usual, and commuters should allow extra time.

East by West Ferries will operate as normal.

Airport Flyer buses will run as normal, but could face delays.

* NCEA students have been told exams will not be cancelled, and they should allow extra travel time.

This will add to stress for students in particular, as well as commuters.

12 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  November 16, 2017

    Maybe someone on the regional council can explain why a French-Korean group that wants to strip mine worker rights for a higher profit margin is a good idea.

  2. PDB

     /  November 16, 2017

    This may come back to bite Ardern – when asked about Labour’s backwards workplace relations policy (1st Leader’s debate), Stuff: “Questioned directly by moderator Mike Hosking (who was exacting on both, in his rat-a-tat, pop-economist kind-of way) whether New Zealand could be in for national strikes, Ardern had her most emphatic moment: “No. We. Will. Not.”

    “”It’s not going to happen on my watch.”

    • Corky

       /  November 16, 2017

      Andy may have stepped down…but his spirit lives on.

      • PDB

         /  November 16, 2017

        The left always eat their own – the 1969 NZ election was lost for Labour largely due to a seaman strike during the election campaign. Wait for national strikes by the unions to eventually prove Ardern to be a liar.

        • Corky

           /  November 16, 2017

          Yes, I have seen the Seaman’s union deal to a scab. Quite vicious. They will not tolerate traitors in the ranks. All round, just plain nasty.

          Voters will have zero tolerance for a national strikes. They are used to stability. Rock their cloistered little world at your peril.

          • Gezza

             /  November 16, 2017

            There’s truth in that. I wouldn’t call voters’ worlds cloistered, more likely true of dwellers in compounds & gated communities maybe. But disrupting huge numbers of voters’ comfortable worlds & day to day lives, work, & business is a risky strategy in this day & age.

          • I agree with you, Corky. We are no longer used to national strikes and having our lives disrupted in this way, and are unlikely to take kindly to this great leap backwards.

            It can’t have been every school holiday that was the signal for a strike, but it certainly seemed to be. I’d be interested to know what it’s like in the UK, where their equivalent union used to strike during the holidays and leave people stranded on either side of the Channel.

            • PDB

               /  November 16, 2017

              In France they announce when they aren’t having a strike……

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 17, 2017

              We were more or less like that once; it was less common to NOT have one than to have one 😀

  3. lurcher1948

     /  November 16, 2017

    What IDIOT signs a 15-year contract WITH A POSSIBLE SHONKY company, some dumby national party member,wait THEY ARE NO LONGER IN POWER thank god labour will sort it out,france and korea RIPPING US OFF??? whos been put on the board from national, find out what retiring national membes getting a new trough

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 16, 2017

      No, Lurch, it was your ever friendly Lefty Greater Wellington Regional Councillors elected by your very own selves. Enjoy.

    • Trevors_elbow

       /  November 16, 2017

      Chris Laidlaw?