Hopes that the Australian government would help to break the deadlock in the wage negotiations for terminal operator DP World were dashed on Thursday after Australia’s Workplace Relations Minister met with the company and Maritime Union of Australia. Hosting a press conference later in the day, Minister Tony Burke had harsh words for DP World and said both sides needed to negotiate to get a deal done.
“I have made it clear to both groups that I have no intention of intervening,” Burke told reporters after meeting separately with DP World and the MUA. He seemed to turn against DP World taking up the themes expressed by the unions while ignoring the pleas of businesses and shippers that have said the rolling strikes which have been ongoing since October are causing harm to the economy and their operations. Burke did not agree with the estimates of the damage to the economy saying the company and union need to reach terms through negotiations.
View entirety: The Maritime Executive