Aussie Tug Crews Plan Strikes in Western Ports as Well

Image Courtesy: Svitzer

The Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE) tug crews plan to extend their industrial campaign against Denmark-based tug operator Svitzer to operations in the Australian West Coast ports, according to GAC.

The 12-hour stoppages, which will affect all coal carriers, fuel carriers, car importers and bulk container vessels entering port, are scheduled to take place in Fremantle and Kwinana on January 14, starting at 7am and 8am, respectively.

As a result of this threatened industrial action, this morning Svitzer commenced the process for its workforce to vote on its proposed agreement, which would force three-person tug crews under a single, four-year enterprise contract.

Svitzer said it had already reached agreement with two unions, out of three involved in the matter, namely the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA). Negotiations for a new agreement have been underway with the three maritime unions since October.

The access period will run until Monday, 18 January. The ballot period will run 19-22 January, GAC said.

As World Maritime News reported, tug crews last week announced 12-hour strikes which will shut down activities in the ports of Sydney, Botany, Geelong and Newcastle on January 12, and the ports of Brisbane and Melbourne on January 13.

World Maritime News Staff

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Aug 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 1 2 3

Shipping2030 Asia

This year Shipping2030 Asia will take place with Global Liner Shipping conference, offering attendees unique access to networking with the container shipping industry…

read more >

Indonesia Marine & Offshore Expo (IMOX) 2017

Indonesia Marine & Offshore Expo (IMOX) 2017, Batamis an international maritime and offshore industrial event that brings an international…

read more >

Salvage & Wreck Asia

Could your business be affected by shipwreck? Are you a salvage professional or a wreck removal expert? …

read more >

DSM17

Donsö Shipping Meet 2017 is an all inclusive exhibition. Meals, electricity, meeting schedule and banquette dinner is included…

read more >