MUA about to get MUNZd

? The Australian

It looks like the Maritime Union of Australia is about to get the same treatment as MUNZ here.

When you look at the tactics and the stories it is same old, same old form intransigent unions refusing to change from the ways of the past:

LOCKING out workers at four ports and withdrawing previously agreed pay rises are among radical options being examined by Asciano to bring to a head its 18-month industrial battle with the Maritime Union of Australia.

Accusing the union of “wantonly destructive behaviour”, Asciano yesterday warned it had “now exhausted all but a few options” under the Fair Work Act to try to settle the dispute at its Patrick operations.

“This is about the union wanting to take away the company’s right to effectively manage its business,” Asciano told The Australian.

But the union last night hit back at the company, accusing management of “foolish” threats which, if enacted, would be a “declaration of industrial mayhem”.

Asciano representatives are due to meet federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese today. The company has held talks with the NSW and West Australian state governments in recent days.

The company has accused union officials of failing to bargain in good faith and reneging on previously agreed terms outlined in an in-principle deal announced last November.

The Australian has been told that Asciano is considering withdrawing its commitment to fund wage rises totalling 22.5 per cent over the life of the agreement.

A more radical option under consideration is to lock out workers in a bid to trigger arbitration of the dispute before Fair Work Australia.

Asked yesterday whether it was considering a lockout, Asciano said it was “looking at all options available within the Fair Work Australia process”.

The company said the union was not serious about seeking a resolution to the dispute.