Melbourne port blockade forces ships to reroute

Melbourne port blockade forces ships to reroute

A 10-day workers dispute at the Port of Melbourne ratcheted up today with around 1,000 workers marching and blockading the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT).

The dispute between the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and VICT centers around a recent audit which revealed that 22 workers did not have a Maritime Security Identification card, which lets workers into secure areas.

According to the union, the one worker who had taken the company to court had his employment terminated. The man in question has a criminal record.

The MUA wants VICT to withdraw its letter of termination and give the man shifts when he gets his permit back.

VICT argues that the sacked man lied about his criminal conviction.

Ships are already being diverted to other Australian ports as the blockade hits local supply chains.

 

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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