Patrick Applies to Terminate Agreement with MUA!

This week, we received news that Patrick Terminals have lodged an application to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) seeking to terminate their Enterprise Agreement with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA)

Patrick Terminals CEO, Michael Jovicic said “The agreement is no longer fit for purpose, as it contains a number of operational restrictions that have limited the ability of Patrick to meet customer requirements at a time of congestion in global supply chains”.

Negotiations have been ongoing for close to two years and and no agreement has been reached between the two parties, which has had significant and damaging effects, both on the supply chain and the wider economy. Heading into Christmas, there are growing fears the retail sector will suffer from a lack of access to goods and supplies.

The MUA has launched more than 220 industrial actions against Patrick Terminals nationally during the negotiation period. This has intensified recently with further action launched at all four of Patrick’s terminals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle for the coming days and weeks.

On Tuesday, Patrick Terminals lodged an application with the FWC for an order to terminate the current agreement. If successful, this will allow Patrick to recruit and train employees without the agreement of the Union.

Patrick Terminals has guaranteed not to change leave entitlements, salaries and other rates of pay that are applicable under the Enterprise Agreement for employees for a period of 6 months from the date of any termination order, possibly next year.

Patrick Terminals has requested an expedited hearing of this application with the Fair Work Commission.

Fremantle is currently reporting a delay in vessel berthing of between 3-5 business days. Some lines have chosen to omit the port entirely.

More news to follow.

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