Despite a failure to reach agreement in a conciliation hearing in the Fair Work Commission last week the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) announced it would immediately end industrial action at Patrick terminals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle.
Whilst providing temporary relief that may assist in recovery from the port congestion over the coming months there is no guarantee that there won’t be further disruption.
A further 2 day hearing has been scheduled in the FWC on 26 October which may lead to resolution to the impasse.
The news is better at Australia’s largest terminal operator, DP World, where the MUA and DP World have reached an 'in-principle' enterprise agreement for the next three years at DP World’s Port Botany terminal.
In announcing the development on Friday DP World also said:
“Industrial action has also been withdrawn at all DP World’s terminals in Brisbane, Fremantle and Melbourne, ensuring we are well placed to reach in-principle agreements at DP World’s remaining terminals and progress a complete enterprise agreement.”