Railway maintenance workers represented by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) in Auckland launched a partial strike on Tuesday, May 14, to demand an increase in wages. In response, their employer, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), imposed a 30-day lockout on the striking engineers beginning Tuesday and ending on Wednesday, June 12. Delays and cancelations to Auckland Metro services are possible through June 12 if the lockout continues. A higher demand for alternative modes of transportation is also expected.
CAF maintenance workers are calling for a 13 percent increase in salaries to match the current market rate in New Zealand.
Individuals in Auckland are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate rail delays, cancelations, and congestion, and seek alternative modes of transportation or maintain a flexible itinerary.
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