SVITZER’S lockout of its maritime employees will not go ahead tomorrow, the Fair Work Commission advised this evening (17 November).

The hearing remains underway and the commission is considering whether to terminate Svitzer’s protected industrial action or suspend it.

According to a statement to customers from Svitzer, the FWC made it clear it would issue an order before midday tomorrow (18 November).

The three maritime unions withdrew notices of protected industrial action that were due to take place today. It included work stoppages of 24 hours, 12 hours and four hours at ports around the country.

At the FWC hearing, the unions have argued for a suspension of industrial action, while Svitzer and others have argued for a termination.

DCN will continue coverage of this story in the morning.