WHARFIES at Sydney International Container Terminal Hutchison Ports Australia are to down tools for 24-hours from 6am Wednesday.
This is part of the Maritime Union / CFMMEU’s push for a new enterprise agreement.
According to a Hutchison statement:
All employees of Sydney International Container Terminals Pty Ltd t/a Hutchison Ports Australia Pty Ltd who will be covered by the proposed enterprise agreement, who are employed at its operations at Port Botany, and who are members of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union – The Maritime Union of Australia Division, will engage in the following actions:
1. A stoppage of work of 24 hours duration, commencing 0600hrs Wednesday 26th of February 2020.
“The company is focused on minimising the impact to its customers during the industrial action,” a HPH spokesperson said.
Comment has been sought from the union.
It has been a lively summer on the Australian waterfront, with the union also taking industrial action at ports operated by DPWA, notably at Fremantle. This led to claim and counter claim by the union and the company so far as annual leave entitlements were concerned.