The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has stepped up strike action around the country and supply chains report losses of more than $5 million a week as a result of delays to the loading of imports and exports stuck at major ports. Its reported that 40 ships and up to 110,000 containers have been delayed, with four of the ship vessels off loaded to other stevedores.
More than 600 Sydney workers walked off the job for 48 hours from Thursday morning, while 350 Brisbane wharfies will kick off a series of one-hour strikes at the start of every shift from Thursday. In Fremantle, work will stop for 24 hours from Saturday morning.
This week’s protected strike action follows stoppages that shut DP World container terminals for between 48 and 96 hours last week. The strikes involved more than 1800 dock workers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle.
The Sydney Morning Herald,
By Anna Patty, July 18, 2019 — 12.19pm