AUSTRALIA's Fair Work Commission has ruled that Svitzer Australia must scrap its plans for a lockout of its harbour tug workers, reports Ventura, California's gCaptain.
The indefinite lockout would have brought Australian ports to a standstill.
It comes after four years of unsuccessful bargaining for a new enterprise agreement for Svitzer's unionised tug workers with representatives from three maritime unions; Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE), and the Australian Maritime Officers¡¦ Union (AMOU).
Svitzer Australia tugs secure the safe departure and arrival of over 75 per cent of Australian trade.
The lockout would have impacted harbour tug operations in 17 Australian ports.
¡§We welcome this decision from the industrial court in Australia. But it should not require a judicial slapdown to remind a Maersk subsidiary that they cannot engage in such destructive, winner-takes-all workplace relations,¡¨ said Fair Practices Committee Steering Group cheif Niek Stam.