Australian Strike Action Update
Late this evening the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) issued notice of intent to take Protected Industrial Action lasting 48 hours at the East Swanson Terminal in Melbourne beginning next Thursday April 21 at 07.00am and ending 07.00am Saturday April 23. This latest notice is in addition to the protected action occurring this week at the Sydney Autostrad Terminal and next week at Brisbane Autostrad Terminal.
Below are details of those notified stoppages:
Sydney Autostrad Terminal
• 48-hour strike, beginning 06.00 hrs Wednesday April 13 to 06.00 hrs Friday April 15
Brisbane Autostrad Terminal
• 48-hour strike, beginning 07.00 hrs Tuesday April 19 to 07.00 hrs Thursday April 21
East Swanson Terminal
• 48-hour strike, beginning 07.00 hrs Thursday April 21 to 07.00 hrs Saturday April 23
We are extremely disappointed at the MUA's decision to strike in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, following strike action at Fremantle last week. We are now facing staged national strike action at all of our terminals.
We are perplexed at the escalation by the MUA which is disproportionate and unnecessarily aggressive considering the narrow range of issues that remain outstanding in the Enterprise Agreement.
Patrick is considering all options available to resolve this current dispute and we will keep you informed of developments.