THE Maritime Union of Australia has withdrawn the first four notices of protected industrial action for workers at the Victoria International Container Terminal.

Earlier this week, the union gave notice of eight consecutive 12-hour work stoppages starting today (Friday 11 June).

There are still PIA notices for four 12-hour work stoppages in effect from Tuesday 15 June commencing at 1800.

The DCN understands that there have been positive discussions between the union and the company.

The union declined to comment while negotiations are ongoing.

PIAs at Hutchison

The Maritime Union recently gave notice of protected industrial action at Hutchison Terminals covering all employees at the Sydney International Container Terminal who will be covered by the enterprise agreement under negotiation.

The union announced two 24-hour work stoppages. The first is to commence at 0600 on Saturday 12 June. The second is to begin at 2359 on Monday 14 June.

However, DCN understands that the union has withdrawn some of the PIA notices for the Hutchison terminal.

Again, the union declined to comment, as negotiations are ongoing.

More PIAs at Patrick Terminals

The MUA has also given notification for PIAs at Patrick’s Melbourne terminal at East Swanson Dock.

The PIA encompasses a ban on working overtime and working shift extensions from 19 June to 26 June.

Patrick said it expects these bans to cause delays at the terminal.

The union has been engaging in protected industrial action at Patrick terminals in Brisbane, Sydney and Fremantle since last month.

This article has been updated to include information on the Patrick notifications.