Workers who have been repairing the earthquake-damaged city want a free day off like their stressed office-bound colleagues have just been given.
But it looks like the estimated 850 people who work for city council-owned City Care won't get it.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that city council workers will receive one extra day's paid holiday each month from now until November next year.
It is in recognition for the pressure they have been under since the big quakes in February 2011, and September 2010, the city council says.
City Care spokeswoman Phillipa Webb said: "We will not be granting our employees extra leave."
City Care is part of Christchurch City Holdings Ltd, a city council company.
Ms Webb said city council policies do not apply to City Care.
But the union which represents City Care workers believes that the holiday offer should also cover them.
Said Amalgamated Workers Union assistant secretary Lindsay Chappell: ``We are currently putting a written request
forward for [City Care to give] some consideration to workers.
They are the people at the front line.''
Some had worked 24-hour stretches after the quakes, he said.
Mr Chappell was reluctant to get into a public spat yesterday but said some staff would ``certainly be frustrated'' if it was a ``no.''
``There's no denying these people put in the effort and probably a darn site more than someone behind an office desk,''
Mr Chappell said the company was ``a reasonably fair employer'' which had rewarded staff over the past two years with things like barbecues on the job.
The city council yesterday declined to comment on the City Care issue.
Just under 2000 city council staff will be eligible for the days off, which have been called staff support days.
City Care achieved a strong financial performance for the year ended June 30, 2012, returning a net profit after tax of
This is a substantial increase on the previous year's profit of $11.3 million.
Revenue for the year increased considerably from $237 million in 2011 to $354 million, a rise of 48 per cent.
The increase in revenue is largely as a result of the work undertaken after earthquakes and aftershocks.