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Wave of strikes across Australia’s east coast ports

Ships calling Australia this week should expect delays. Strikes among tug boat workers along Australia’s east coast will down tools tomorrow and Wednesday. The industrial action is in response to an agreement between the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE) and operator Svitzer Australia.

Svitzer is pushing to have three unions representing its workers under one agreement, a move AIMPE said would result in inferior conditions for its workers.

Engineers will walk off the job for 12 hours from Monday night in Geelong, at 4am on Tuesday in Newcastle and Sydney and then for 12 hours in the Port of Melbourne and Port of Brisbane on Wednesday.

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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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