Monday 19th Nov, 2018

Adelaide wharfies to vote on ‘protected action’ right

Photo: Shutterstock
Photo: Shutterstock

TENSIONS are mounting at Adelaide Container Terminal, with the Maritime Union having obtained the right to hold ballot its members on whether to take protected industrial action.

This follows a series of negotiations between the Union and Flinders Ports which are yet to provide a resolution.

A spokesperson for Flinders Ports confirmed the Union had obtained the ballot order and the period for voting is scheduled to end on August 23.

“We are not expecting any disruption to the operation within this period and indeed beyond,” the spokesperson said.

“Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal is committed to providing a safe and productive environment for employees and a results focused operation for customers, the company will continue to negotiate in good faith in an aim of reaching agreement in the near future without disruption.”

The MUA says there have been site meetings to discuss what it argues is a lack of urgency by the company.

“Industrial action is always a last resort, but the MUA has very real fears this is where it could end up within three weeks because of the company’s inability to take seriously the desire of its workforce to settle the agreement,” a Union spokesperson said.

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