Union requests meeting

The unions at the centre of a pay dispute with Interislander have requested a meeting with the company today to discuss the pay offer made by the company this week. KiwiRail handed representatives from the Aviation and Marine Engineers Association and the New Zealand Merchant Service Guild a revised proposal for pay conditions on Monday, which union members were due to vote on yesterday. 

Speaking last night, KiwiRsail senior communications adviser Sophie Lee  said the union representatives had requested a meeting with Interislander this morning. Union representatives of were unavailable for comment last night.If the a pay deal is not reached today or tomorrow it could affect ferry sailings from Saturday after the union issued a strike notice threatening to withdraw labour from December 1 to 8 and the company responded by issuing lockout notices. KiwiRail estimates the action could affect about 14,000 passengers and 4000 cars. About 1200 rail wagons and a similar number of trucks will also be delayed.Contract negotiations between the parties began in March 

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