Sixteen jobs could be lost at the Port of Timaru as it undergoes restructuring.
The restructuring proposal was set out at a meeting between senior management and staff of PrimePort Timaru and Rail and Maritime Transport Union representatives on Wednesday.
The union's general secretary, Wayne Butson, said the jobs to be cut are those of port workers, who are responsible for loading and unloading the shipping containers.
Mr Butson said it was the port's third restructure of operations in four years and comes as a result of the Port of Tauranga owning 51 percent of the PrimePort Timaru.
A port spokesperson said 16 jobs could be disestablished, but it is up for consultation for two weeks.