MUA Turns Down Patrick’s EA Proposal Deadline

first_imgzoom The Maritime Union of Australia said today that it has rejected the arbitrary deadline put in place by the management of Patrick Stevedores for its final offer on a new enterprise agreement for four stevedore Patrick’s terminals.The dockworkers at port of Botany’s Patrick container terminal halted all operations on Wednesday launching a 48-hour strike as 260 people voiced their protest against the failure to reach a deal on a new wage agreement after a year of talks.The company and the union tried to agree on extended working hours, as the company requested the dockworkers provide more labor on midnights and weekends. In turn, the dockworkers wanted the company to provide more job security, as almost 200 people lost their jobs as a direct result of automation.Meanwhile, the company’s management is said to have prepared a new offer for the workers, giving them 36 hours to give a reply.Local media said that the proposed deal provides a pay rise of 1% in the first year, 2.5% in the second year and 2.75% in each of the last two years, among other things.“In correspondence to the company today, MUA Deputy National Secretary Will Tracey said it was absurd to expect a response in 36 hours to an 18 page document that cross references several other detailed documents as well as various ongoing discussions at four different terminals,” MUA added.According to Tracey, a response on the proposal could not be given before next Friday, April 22nd, as the union needed time to discuss the proposal with all of the relevant stakeholders.“The actions across the various terminals are because of both national and local claims and the company seeks to shift the goal posts each time we reach the position they state they seek,” he added.“Both Fremantle and Port Botany have outstanding local issues around the roster that applies to permanents and we are seeking some certainty for workers over hours of work within a framework of the flexibility required to service a modern stevedoring company.“All four terminals have issues with Patrick reneging on its initial salary offer in the space of a week – something we haven’t encountered in negotiations with this company since we first began the process of enterprise agreement negotiations in the early 1990s,” he said.“Issues around job security, a transparent and accountable allocation of labour, safety clauses and officers, the certainty of the productivity bonus system, redundancies, process of change in the terminals and management of company policies also remain outstanding within national discussions.”last_img read more