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DP World Australia (DPWA) calls for an end to disruptive, escalating industrial action

DP World Australia are disappointed the CFMMEU (the Union) has recently escalated their industrial action across its terminals, particularly at a time when shipping lines are reviewing stevedore contracts.

“The industrial action will cause significant disruption to DPWA customers and importantly the broader supply chain of shippers, exporters and importers. DPWA employees will also be unnecessarily and avoidably impacted by these lost earnings,” said Andrew Adam, Chief Operating Officer at DPWA.

During the recent 12-week bargaining period, the Union did not make any material concessions to their initial 50 claims. These claims include a wage increase well above CPI, without any willingness to support the needs of DPWA. The Union continue to demonstrate an alarming refusal to acknowledge the commercial reality of the intense competition from automated competitors.

 “The Company has put forward its position and the Union must now make appropriate concessions to their extensive list of claims” Mr Adam said.

Unprecedented consolidation of, and changes to global shipping lines calling Australia, combined with surplus stevedoring capacity are contributing to DPWA’s challenging financial outlook.

DPWA continues to maintain that it will make an enterprise agreement on terms that secure the business’ long-term, ongoing sustainability.