Please note below message just received from Port Botany advising of industrial action commencing on 26th September 2017 at Sydney Port. This action will obviously disrupt vessel arrivals and departures and could seriously affect deliveries to/from the port before and after the stoppage.
Issue: Industrial action to affect vessel movements on 26 September 2017
Short Description: Please be advised that vessel operations at Port Botany will be affected next week by industrial action.
The Port Authority of New South Wales has been negotiating with the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) and Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) over a replacement Enterprise Agreement for its Sydney workforce since February 2017.
The Port Authority of New South Wales has advised that protected industrial action is scheduled to be undertaken by MUA members working on board pilot cutters operated by the Port Authority from Port Jackson and Port Botany as follows:
24 hour stoppage commencing at 0600 Tuesday 26th September 2017
The action proposed will suspend the use of the pilot vessels to embark and disembark Pilots in Port Jackson and Port Botany.
Our Transport Team will be in contact to change any existing arrangements or to replan deliveries on completion of the industrial action.