Friday 16th Nov, 2018

Cutter crews to down tools in Sydney

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CREW members of pilot cutters at Ports Jackson and Botany are to down tools for 24 hours from this Tuesday morning.

The strike, announced by Port of Authority of New South Wales, is set to start at 6am on October 24.

In a statement to customers, Sydney chief operating officer and harbour master, Philip Holliday, said Port Authority of New South Wales had been negotiating with the Australian Maritime Officers Union and Maritime Union over a replacement enterprise agreement for Sydney workers since February.

“Unfortunately these negotiations continue to remain difficult to finalise as the unions are maintaining a position which seeks employment guarantees that Port Authority is unable to provide,” Mr Holliday said.

The proposed action would suspend the use of the pilot vessels to embark and disembark Pilots in two ports.

The Maritime Union has agreed to exempt some functions from any industrial action, according to NSW PA.

These are:

  • Watch keeping at sea;
  • Fire Rounds;
  • Port security watches;
  • Safety drills;
  • Product tanker and crude oil tanker vessels;
  • Passenger cruise vessels; · All dealings with emergency equipment in any manner; and
  • Any and all safety and emergency related issues.

Comment is being sought from the Unions.

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