Friday 22nd Sep, 2017

Industrial action affects Adelaide wharves

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FLINDERS Adelaide Container Terminal says it is “making every effort” to mitigate the impact of work stoppages by the Maritime Union.

The MUA recently received permission from the Fair Work Commission to ballot workers on whether to take protected industrial action, with employees agreeing to “potential” rolling stoppages and work bans from August 31.

Little detail has been provided to date as to the exact nature of the stoppages, however, the operator of the OOCL Le Havre (9404857) has used industrial action at Adelaide as justification for declaring Force Majeure for this vessel (as well as bad weather).

According to FACT, management has been working with the Union and employee representatives to negotiate a new Stevedoring Enterprise Agreement since February.

The Agreement expired on June 30, 2017.

“FACT is making every effort to mitigate the impact of the industrial action on employees, customers and the business,” a spokesperson said.

“FACT has taken the positive step of requesting the Fair Work Commission conciliate the current dispute. As such, it is not appropriate that further public comment be made at this time.”

Comment has been sought from the Union.

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