DP World calls for end to Australian port strikes

Sydney-based DP World Australia (DPWA) has called for an end to the strikes at its ports, which have been taking place this week. It warned that the industrial action had come at a time when shipping lines were reviewing stevedore contracts.

Andrew Adam, chief operating officer at DPWA, said that “the industrial action will cause significant disruption to DPWA customers and importantly the broader supply chain of shippers, exporters and importers. DPWA employees will also be unnecessarily and avoidably impacted by these lost earnings”.

DP World’s Brisbane, Sydney and Fremantle container terminals are on a rolling 48-hour strike. The Melbourne terminal will face a 96-hour strike from Wednesday until Sunday morning July 14th.

The Maritime Union of Australia said the actions this week were in order to fight against automation, outsourcing, cuts to income protection insurance, and what it described as “dishonest bargaining” by the company.

DP World said the local union did not make any material concessions to its initial 50 claims during a 12-week bargaining period m adding that the claims included a wage increase well above the rate of inflation.