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.