Courts shut as staff walk out

Courts all over New Zealand were shut for the afternoon after another walk-out by staff in support of a pay claim.

The latest walk-out came after about seven weeks of court stoppages caused by work-to-rule industrial action, and several brief strikes.

Court registrars and Court Security Officers are taking the action over a pay dispute, and the courts cannot sit while they are not present.

Court sittings have been disrupted for weeks by regular breaks by staff, and court houses being shut over lunch time with all staff taking their breaks at the same time.

Today’s national stoppage from 12.30pm was also to be marked by a staff protest on the street outside the Justice Precinct in central Christchurch.