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Conciliation ahead in DP World dispute

DP World and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have entered a second week of strikes and lockouts at each of the stevedoring company’s four terminals in Australia.

“This is a perfect opportunity for Mr Abbott to confound expectations and stand with Australian workers against a foreign-owned employer trying to remove their penalty rates,” MUA assistant national secretary Warren Smith said.

Meanwhile, DP World has sought intervention from a different source. Its application to the Fair Work Commission for conciliation hearings has been granted, with talks scheduled for the first working week of January.

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