The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

MUA and Patrick at battle stations as 'peace deal' looks to be in tatters

Excerpts from the Sydney Morning Herald:

Tension between the Maritime Union of Australia and stevedoring giant Patrick are sharply rising again after the company accused its workers of illegal industrial activity at Sydney’s Port Botany terminal.

A stoush between the union and Patrick will reignite fears of yet another long-running dispute, the worst of […]


Cargill closer to competing with Viterra in South Australia ports

Grain ship loading at Port Adelaide in Australia. Prior to Patrick starting its operations at the port, Viterra was the only provider of bulk wheat port terminal services in South Australia.

A draft determination from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) exempting Patrick Stevedoring’s Berth 29 facility at Port Adelaide, Australia, moves Cargill a […]


MUA: Port Privatisation a Proven Mistake

From the Maritime Union of Australia:

Port privatisation will short-change Territorians and result in job losses, according to the Maritime Union of Australia.

MUA Northern Territory Branch Secretary Thomas Mayor urged Adam Giles to reconsider his stance on port privatisation, adding that selling, or leasing profit-making assets was a short-sighted mistake that would cost tax […]


Use of non-union dockworkers in Costa Rica draws in ITF

A dockworker strike in Limon, Costa Rica, on Oct. 26, 2014, was disrupted by more than 100 Costa Rican law enforcement officials protecting the monopolistic concession to APM Terminals. Photo by Juventud Frente Amplio.

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation condemned actions taken against striking Costa Rican dockworkers Tuesday, […]


DP World calls off Fremantle lockout

DP World Australia and the Maritime Union of Australia have resumed negotiations in respect of work practices at the former’s Fremantle container terminal.

The Dubai-based multinational had threatened to lock out workers indefinitely and sub-contract vessel handling to rival Patrick, if a planned four-hour walkout had gone ahead.

A subsequent statement released by both parties […]


Hutchison in bid with ICTSI to end DP World-Patrick duopoly in Australia

The Australian boss of Hutchison Ports has confirmed the company will hold talks with International Container Terminal Services about an east coast joint venture to compete with Patrick and DP World Australia, as it plans to offer a “compelling value proposition” to break the industry duopoly.

Speaking after the official opening of its new $300 […]


Port Botany tragedy leads to a call for change in Australia’s stevedoring industry

Nikolaos Fanos, 49, waterside worker, husband and father died tragically on the night shift at Patrick Port Botany on March 28, 2010. He was crushed between two containers while lashing onboard the Vega Gotland.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s (ATSB) report into the tragic Vega Gotland incident of 28 March 2010 – where a Sydney […]


MUA warns wharf dispute may re-ignite

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 […]


Australian dockers target DP World

A series of 24-hour strikes has been called by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) in protest against DP World’s refusal to grant a 5% pay increase and also improve working conditions.

One union representative has accused the company of “unacceptable safety practices”.

In contrast, the MUA has reached an in principle agreement with Australia’s […]


Australian media: ‘Waterfront to be next union battleground’

In the wake of the Qantas battle between management and unions, the country’s waterfront could stand to become the next front in the increasingly tense relationship between employers and their workers’ unions, according to a report by the Australian Financial Review.

With dock worker strikes at three locations and negotiations deadlocked at two others, […]


Australia: Wharfies stop work

Up to 100 wharf workers … held a 24-hour stoppage, which ended at midnight, and they [were] expected to engage in further industrial action on Friday.

The wharfies are seeking improved rostering arrangements and opportunities for career progression and training as drawn-out negotiations continue nationwide with Patrick Bulk and General Stevedoring over a new enterprise […]


Australia’s new waterfront battle

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 […]


Workers strike at major Australian ports


MUA on strike against Patrick, April 2011. Patrick and the MUA have been at loggerheads for almost eight months over pay and conditions.

Dock workers at Australia’s three major ports went on a 24-hour walkout Saturday after talks stalled over a protracted wages and conditions dispute, crippling about one-quarter of the nation’s freight.



Australia: Conciliation talks off as Maritime Union gets set for walkout

A strike at ports across the nation is almost certain to go ahead after the Maritime Union of Australia last night told the stevedoring firm Patrick it would not attend a conciliation meeting this afternoon.

Although the two sides met in Port Botany yesterday to discuss issues at the Sydney freight terminal, the Herald understands […]


Port strikes not welcomed by agricultural exporters

[UPDATE: “MUA Waterfront Strike Off as Pay talks Resume”]

Planned industrial action at major ports around Australia could interrupt the export of agricultural produce.

The Maritime Union of Australia has won the right for its members to take “protected industrial action” following a breakdown in enterprise bargaining negotiations with major stevedoring company Patrick.

The MUA […]