WHARFIES are set to continue work bans at Hutchison terminals in Sydney and Brisbane, apparently due to a lack of progress in negotiations for a new enterprise bargaining agreement.

In a statement released over the week, the Maritime Union (now part of the CFMMEU) criticised the company for its automation push.

“Hutchison workers will continue with work bans after discussions (last) week where the company persisted with claims that will see automation including remote controlling and outsourcing continue to be pursued,” the union stated.

“The company rejected an offer by the union to remove all industrial action. HPA has chosen conflict over a negotiated outcome so our action will continue.”

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Hutchison has been approached for comment. In the past, the company has said that it is negotiating “in good faith”.

The dispute that led to the work bans led to a large rally outside Port Botany late last month.

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