Maritime strikes won’t affect regional ports, Patrick says

Rolling maritime strikes won’t stop regional Queensland ports, stevedoring company Patrick says.

Fairwork Australia has granted permission to the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) to carry out industrial actions after pay negotiations stalled, according to the ABC.

This comes after MUA members at the Port of Esperance returned to work yesterday following two 24 hour stoppages over failures to negotiate wage and conditions during six months of enterprise agreement talks.

The strike last week affected iron ore shipments from the WA port.

This latest MUA strike will include indefinite work bans and 24 hour stoppages at ports in Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle.

However, the MUA state that it will not affect productivity.

A Patrick spokesperson told the ABC that it will not affect operations at Gladstone, Mackay and Townsville.

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