Industrial Action at Patricks Terminals
As most of you have probably heard already, the MUA have decided to ramp up their protected industrial action at Patrick Container Terminals around Australia particularly Sydney and Melbourne.
This action by the MUA comes on top of the already extremely difficult shipping situation that everyone has been dealing with during this pandemic with massively high freight costs being incurred while being subjected to below average service from the carriers.
We’ve received the following update from Patricks that’s been sent to our industry body, explaining the impact of these proposed actions by the MUA and we wanted to pass on this information, as there could be serious delays with cargo deliveries and additional charges being incurred as a result of this industrial action. Also, its most likely that some carriers will again start to omit these ports if the Patrick Terminals are heavily impacted and delayed due to this industrial action, which will further delay the movement of cargo into and out of Australia and cause more schedule havoc for the carriers.
Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) wish to advise that we have received an update from Patrick Terminals in relation to the impact of “Protected Industrial Action (PIA)” by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) at Patrick Terminals nationwide.
Following recent industrial notifications and misinformation circulated by the Maritime Union of Australia, we wish to clarify the forecasted impact of current and upcoming industrial action on our container terminals. The capacity for sub-contracting of vessels to other Terminal Operators is extremely limited as these terminals also work through peak volumes and the impact of COVID on their operations. Any additional notifications of industrial action will further impact this information.
Terminal Operations Update
Patrick Terminals – Sydney AutoStrad
Patrick Terminals – Brisbane AutoStrad
Patrick Terminals – Fremantle
Patrick Terminals – Melbourne
Update on MUA Negotiations
Patrick Terminals appreciates the ongoing support of our customers during this challenging time. We continue to work with customers to minimise the impact of this industrial action by the MUA. It is important that we achieve an agreement with the MUA that ensures that we have the flexibility and capacity to service our customer requirements and keep the Australian economy moving.
Please reach out to your Client Services Manager if you would like any further details.
There’s already been some media coverage on this issue, with various news reports on television as well as several articles being written, but we thought below two recent articles from the Financial Review and The Land contain some very interesting facts on this issue that might be worth knowing.
Please speak to your usual CFL contact if you have any specific questions on this matter and hopefully this situation will somehow be resolved by both parties very quickly.