Workers employed by
Hutchison Ports in Sydney and Brisbane will continue with industrial actions,
the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) informed.
The decision was made
after the workers and the company failed to reach common ground during
discussions undertaken last week.
According to MUA, the
company “persisted with claims
that will see automation including remote controlling and outsourcing continue
to be pursued.”
The union added that,
once the company agrees to remove the claims, the workers would
cease industrial actions for an agreed period and the parties would work
to finalize the outstanding issues in the agreement relating to rostering,
safety and training.
Hutchison Ports’ workers
in Sydney and Brisbane launched
a series of industrial actions, involving bans and limitations, from January 17,
after negotiations over a new workplace agreement reached a stalemate.
The MUA earlier explained
that the workers are protesting the company’s demands, that include a 2.5
percent cut to superannuation, reductions to sick and parental leave, cuts to
redundancy and long service leave, removal of income protection, wage cuts of
up to AUD 10 per hour followed by a wage freeze, and reductions to safety
standards, including the loss of full-time first-aiders and removal of personal