MUA being sued for bad faith bargaining

The Maritime Union says they are heartened by the illegal support of the Maritime Union of Australia.

We can see from news in Australia that they really are different sides of the same coin. Currently they are being taken to the equivalent of our Employment Court,  “Fair Work Australia” , because the MUA has failed to uphold the principles of good faith bargaining.

RAIL and ports operator Asciano will take its ongoing dispute with the Maritime Union of Australia to Fair Work Australia.

The company’s Patrick Terminals division said it will go to the industrial umpire in a bid to finalise a new enterprise agreement with the MUA and resolve all outstanding issues in the 18-month dispute.

Asciano said the union has prompted more than 60 stoppages and work bans at Patrick operations across Australia in the past year-and-a-half. The company has also been notified of more strikes at its Fremantle terminal from next week.

Patrick Terminals and Logistics director Alastair Field said the company is going to FWA out of frustration with the MUA.

“We are disappointed that despite 18 months of negotiations and the in-principle agreement reached with the union last November, the MUA has been dragging its feet and has implemented delaying tactics on various occasions,” Mr Field said in a statement this morning.

Asciano said recent action had cost it $15 million in lost opportunity and incremental costs in the first half of the financial year.


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  • Qplah

    Good job.  Glad to see that the cleaning out of deadwood here is helping another country to get rid of their dross as well.

  • Salacious T Crumb

    Feral Unionists and Australian to boot. What a rancid combination.

  • thor42

    Great stuff! 
    Patrick are involved with the fully-automated container terminal in Brisbane. The sooner that our wharves can get a similar system, the better.