Monday 19th Nov, 2018

WA’s Southern Ports responds to WorkSafe bullying claims

Photo: Esperance Ports, Sea and Land
Photo: Esperance Ports, Sea and Land

SOUTHERN Ports Authority is focused on building a culture based on accountability, integrity and teamwork SPA chief executive Nicolas Fertin said today.

The comment comes after WA WorkSafe received claims of bullying and a state government review found issues in the organisational culture of SPA.

Mr Fertin said when bullying is reported, it is taken seriously and it is investigated.

“As reported by the independent working group which reviewed Southern Ports change management and culture, Southern Ports is 18 months into a five-year-long cultural change program,” he said.

“We now know some complainants have initiated Worksafe investigations, which they are entitled to do, and Southern Ports will of course co-operate with the regulator.”

Mr Fertin pointed out that Southern Ports has more than 200 staff across four locations.

“In the past three years, there have been 12 investigations into bullying at Southern Ports,” he said.

“Three of those claims have been substantiated and dealt with.”

Mr Fertin said Southern ports had undergone big changes since amalgamation in 2014.

“We know this has impacted staff,” he said.

“The Southern Ports Post-Implementation Review showed Southern Ports is on the right track and that we should continue on our cultural action plan.”

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

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