After a 19-month standoff, stevedores Patrick has come to an agreement with the Maritime Union of Australia over waterfront workers’ pay and conditions until 2015.
They reached the deal after a series of stop-start strikes on the waterfront, beginning in late 2010.
The resolution came only after the intervention of Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten, [...]
MUA state secretary Chris Cain warned the workers were fed up and the dispute would quickly reignite if their demands were not resolved in the next four weeks. ‘If we have to take protected action to make sure our workers go home nice and safe, we’re going to do that,’ he said. Picture by [...]
POAGS, a supplier of stevedoring logistics and port management services, said awarding the claim by the Maritime Union of Australia would increase its labour costs by 80 per cent over three years.
Chris Corrigan, the former Patrick chief who took on the union during the historic 1998 waterfront dispute, is chairman of POAGS.
The union’s [...]