Port Botany avoids industrial action

The Maritime Union of Australia has agreed not to pursue its action at Sydney’s Port Botany before November 1.

The dispute has started earlier in September when the union and terminal operators failed to reach an agreement for a new contract. According to ports operator DP Australia this was just the latest in a series of actions as the talks dragged on for over two years.

Shipping Australia, which represents all the major carriers and operators, however, noted, “The withdrawal of what was imminent industrial action at DP World Australia does not solve the matter. This is not the end. It is temporary.

“The union has given a written undertaking to the Fair Work Commission that no further notice of industrial action at Port Botany will be given before 1 November.

“Unless DP World Australia and the employer enter into a binding workplace agreement (known as an enterprise agreement), the union will have the power to re-start industrial action in November.

“Congestion and delay will not ease across the waterfront until all the terminals are able to work unhindered,” 

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