Sydney, Monday 22 February 2021: DP World Australia (DPWA) and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have finalised all fourenterprise agreements at DP World’s terminals, concluding a two- and a half year negotiation process for replacement agreements.
A final ballot held today at DP World Melbourne saw the majority of employees vote in favour of their new enterprise agreement.
With DP World’s Melbourne agreement finalised, and agreements now in place at DP World’s Brisbane, Sydney, and Fremantle terminals, workplace negotiations at DP World Australia are complete.
In addition to finalising agreements, DP World has enjoyed five months of zero industrial action at its East-Coast terminals. This stability has enabled the resumption of pre- bargaining levels of productivity and reduced congestion in the Australian network.
DP World Australia Chief Operating Officer Andrew Adam said:
“We’re very proud of the enterprise agreements delivered for DP World Australia, which will remain in place until the end of 2023.
“The agreements provide a strong and stable platform to encourage the growth of our business, secure fair terms for our employees, and support productivity improvements for our customers.
“All DP World terminals are operating normally and with no berthing delays. We are proud that we have had no industrial action for the last five months and have provided reliable service to our customers at our ports.
“Our terminals will continue to accept subcontracts, ad hoc callers, and above contract exchanges which includes empty container repositioning, during a time when shipping lines are experiencing extensive delays in overseas ports.
“While congestion, industrial unrest, performance, and pandemic-related issues have adversely impacted Australia’s containerised trade supply chain in recent months, DP World Australia has been operating above productivity expectations.”
“With the agreements locked away, we will continue to strengthen our focus towards improving our operations, enabling trade flow, and partnering with our customers to produce world-class trade solutions.”