16 Feb Industrial Action – VICT
MUA Launches Aggressive Industrial Campaign against VICT
Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT in Webb Dock, Melbourne has advised that the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) will be launching an aggressive industrial campaign against the terminal operator with a series of work-bans and stoppages commencing this Friday.
The stoppages and bans include:
- A stop work for a full 12-hour shift on Friday, 19 February, commencing 6:00pm.
- Further 12-hour shift bans are threatened for Sunday, 21 February at 6.00 am, following immediately by a 24-hour ban commencing at 18.00, 21 February – therefore incurring a 36-hour concurrent stoppage of all VICT’s operations and equipment maintenance.
- From Monday February 22, VICT’s control room will be banned from operating cranes unless the operations of each crane is manned by a dedicated quayside supervisor.
- An indefinite ban on overtime, various restrictions on communications phone use and bans on interaction with anyone outside Australia.
In a statement, VICT has characterised the stoppages and bans as imposing “old-fashioned over-manning and restrictive work practices on VICT, directly undermining the competitiveness the terminal derives from its automated technology and modern way of working.”
The full VICT statement can be viewed: HERE
The MUA has also issued a Media Statement, that the actions are in pursuit of a “fight for a new workplace agreement that addresses excessive hours and unsafe staffing levels.“
The MUA has also indicated that it is willing to exempt any containers that contain medicines, medical supplies, or urgent medical equipment, and exempt all refrigerated containers, “ensuring agricultural exports, fresh food, and perishable goods are not impacted.“
The MUA statement can be viewed: HERE
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