Port Hedland tugboat engineer strike withdrawn

Tugboat engineers in Port Hedland have reached an agreement with Teekay Shipping, precluding the need for industrial action.

Members of the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE) have withdrawn notice of the strike planned for Saturday 22 November.

AIMPE assistant federal secretary Martin Byrne said Teekay agreed to several changes in the proposal including extra pay for engineers who work overtime on dry docks, as well as efforts to limit work days to 12 hours, Reuters reported

With a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement endorsed by the AIMPE, members will review and vote on it.

Teekay had already reached agreement with members of the Maritime Union of Australia and Australian Maritime Officers Union, however their agreements will be brought in line with the agreement ratified by AIMPE.

The voting period for AIMPE members will end on Monday 1 December.

AIMPE had previously refused to ratify the EBA proposal on grounds it did not meet demands for a cap of 12 hours on working days.

Teekay Shipping is the sole tugboat operator for iron ore transport vessels at Port Hedland, and operates a fleet of 14 tugboats and 166 crew.

Image: Port Hedland Ports Authority

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