The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has said it is calling on seaport operator Patrick Terminals to return to the bargaining table and resolve an enterprise agreement dispute that has dragged on for more than 18 months.
MUA Assistant National Secretary Jamie Newlyn said the union has been fighting for workers’ rights to long-term, permanent employment for almost 150 years.
“In early September, Patrick withdrew its offer, which had already been rejected by employees and since then, has refused to meet or offer an alternative position,” Mr Newlyn said.
“MUA members working for Patrick are frustrated and are calling on the company to meet with the MUA and workers to find a way forward.”
Mr Newlyn added that, in MUA’s view, the blame for any delays to Christmas supplies lays at the feet of Patrick for the latter’s refusal to bargain.
“Patrick has lamented a down-turn in volume and loss of revenue of 25 per cent by blaming industrial action. However, of the four berths at Port Botany, one berth or 25 per cent of loading capacity was shut down for maintenance for three months.”
Mr Newlyn said the MUA has written to Patrick seeking to resume discussions on outstanding matters but has been rejected.
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