Tuesday 17th Jul, 2018

Cops should clear Webb Dock picket, says ALC

Australian Logistics Council managing director, Michael Kilgariff. Photo: Anastassia Perets
Australian Logistics Council managing director, Michael Kilgariff. Photo: Anastassia Perets

INDUSTRY body the Australian Logistics Council says it is time for police to clear a picket outside Victoria International Container Terminal.

A spokesperson for VICT confirmed the picket was still in place as of Thursday morning.

Managing director Michael Kilgariff said the freight logistics industry and the community had spent two weeks paying the price of the CFMEU and MUA “engaged in a protracted bout of political grandstanding”.

“If a group of protestors engaged in illegal conduct by invading the MCG pitch during the Boxing Day Test, or blockaded the government offices in Treasury Place preventing the transaction of government business, police action to remove them would follow swiftly – and rightly so,” Mr Kilgariff said.

“Freight logistics businesses operating at Webb Dock are entitled to exactly the same protection.

“The courts have now made two orders against this illegal picket, and protestors have had ample opportunity to comply with those orders. If they will not do so, police should act to enforce the law and remove the picket as a matter of urgency.”

Mr Kilgariff said the picket was all about the CFMEU showcasing its political and industrial muscle, ahead of a planned merger with the MUA.

“If that merger is permitted to proceed, the type of illegality we have seen at Webb Dock over the past two weeks could become commonplace,” he said.

He called on the federal government to progress legislation to subject the proposed union merger to a public interest test.

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