Australian port strikes end

Australian port strikes end

Australia’s Fair Work Commission has brought the port strikes that have hampered trade across the island for the past week to an end.

The commission has imposed a 35-day ban on industrial action at Patrick Stevedores’ terminals in four cities. Unions and Patrick still cannot agree on a new working deal, suggesting more strikes are possible in late February.

Meanwhile, the strikes by engineers against tugboat operator Svitzer Australia have also ended with related unions agreeing to a new deal with Svitzer.

 

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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