Australia’s Fair Work Commission (FWC) forbid Svitzer’s threat of an indefinite strike for six months
Posted on November 21, 2022
Svitzer Australia is a part of A.P. Moller – Maersk, which gave notice of a strike to all port towage employees after a year-long pay dispute.
The strike was from midnight AEDT on 18 November and aimed to remove restrictive work practices from its enterprise agreement which are necessary for the future sustainability and competitiveness of its Australian business.
However, the strike at ports across Australia will be prevented after a suspension from Australia’s FWC, which will issue an order before noon AEDT on 18 November.
The lockout will not proceed and customers can return to scheduled shipping activities and restart port operations.
FWC suspended the industrial action as it caused a threat to Australia’s economy, impacting shipping operations at major metropolitan and regional Australian ports nationwide.