Monday 19th Mar, 2018

Bullying claims at WA’s Southern Ports

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AUTHORITIES are investigating allegations of bullying from within the Western Australian Southern Ports Authority.

Southern Ports manages the ports of Albany, Bunbury and Esperance.

A Western Australian WorkSafe spokesperson told Daily Cargo News they were requested to investigate claims of bullying behaviour at Southern Ports last year.

“The investigation resulted in the issuing of two improvement notices, which have a compliance date of March 30, 2018,” the spokesperson said.

“During January 2018, a further five complaints were received, and these are currently being investigated. The five complaints are linked, so are being treated as one investigation.”

The spokesperson said inspectors would be looking to establish if there had been any breaches of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

“There is no timeframe for investigations – it will take as long as it takes to establish whether there have been any breaches of the Act,” the spokesperson said.

Local MP Peter Watson was quoted by the ABC as describing the claims as “serious” and called for the transport minister to investigate.

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