Ports and Logistics

Industrial dispute taking its toll on Hutchison’s Australian terminals

As the industrial dispute between workers and Hutchison Ports Australia stretches into a fifth day there looks to be no end in sight to the tense standoff.

Last week the terminal operator announced it was making 97 workers redundant, amid plenty of speculation that it was looking to automate more of its operations at its two terminals in Australia.

Last night the Fair Work Commission found the Maritime Union of Australia appeared to be behind the industrial campaign and ordered it to cease.

However, that did not stop more 200 people forming a picket line once again outside Port Botany this morning.

Union leaders say only three workers returned to their jobs at the Port of Brisbane this morning, where operations are barely functioning.

There are reports of some ships being forced to reroute to different terminals in Australia as the militant action takes its toll on Hutchison’s operations.


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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