DP World calls off Fremantle lock out

12 Aug 2014

DP World Australia and the Maritime Union of Australia have resumed negotiations in respect of work practices at the former's Fremantle container terminal.

The Dubai-based multinational had threatened to lock out workers indefinitely and sub-contract vessel handling to rival Patrick, if a planned four-hour walkout had gone ahead.

A subsequent statement released by both parties noted: "We are confident that we will reach an agreement in coming weeks.”

DP World had been in talks with the MUA in an attempt to obtain greater working flexibility, after having lost a major Japanese shipping contract in Fremantle to Patrick. However, the MUA is reported to have threatened the employer with a rolling series of walk outs, leading to uncertainty for DP World's customers, prompting it to threaten to move all vessel calls to Patrick to provide certainty for its customers. The move was branded as an extraordinary overreaction by the MUA.

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