Industrial Issues Resolved:
DP World Terminals have confirmed that the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements with Australian Waterside Unions have nows been finalised, ending further industrial unrest at DP World Terminals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle ports.
As well as announcing the long awaited finalisation of their Enterprise Agreement, DP World has made the following important declaration:
“In addition to finalising agreements, we are proud that we have been able to provide you with a reliable service. Over the past five months, DP World Australia has enjoyed zero industrial action at our East-Coast terminals.
This stability has enabled the resumption of pre- bargaining levels of productivity and reduced congestion in the Australian network
All our terminals are operating normally and without berthing delays. We will continue to accept subcontracts, ad hoc callers, and above contract exchanges which includes empty container repositioning.”
Shipping Line Surcharges/Empty Container Detention:
Our Industry Groups are now calling on Governments to investigate the congestion surcharges and empty container detention charges.
Industry body, Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) haveissued the below statement:
“Based on this advice, our state / federal regulators (including the Productivity Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) must now scrutinise the validity of shipping lines administering:
- congestion surcharges on exporters and importers of up to USD 350 per TEU;
- container detention penalties for ‘late’ dehire of empty containers and refusal to compensate importers for the cost to staged empty container movements when shipping line contracted empty container parks are at capacity”.
VICT Melbourne Industrial Dispute:
Further to our Newsflash last week, VICT Melbourne Terminal have advised that The Fair Work Commission have issued an Interim Order suspending industrial action which was due to start Saturday 20th February, 2021.
VICT sought Fair Work Commission intervention, citing economic and other harm threatened by the action.
A mid-March hearing will be scheduled, in the meantime, no further industrial action will be undertaken.