Mar 19, 2018
— Maritime workers returned to work on Monday after staging a 48-hour snap strike at Qube Ports’ facility in Melbourne prompting the company to fly in workers by helicopter. Maritime Union of Australia Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith said workers had introduced industrial bans and had restricted shifts to seven hours. Shifts had varied from four to 12 hours.
“Excessive 12 hour shifts are not required now and are a fatigue issue,” he said.
Mr. Smith said workers would refuse to return to work if Qube was successful in its push to terminate the existing enterprise agreement.
Mar 14, 2018
— A fortnight-long strike at Lyttelton Port has not yet prompted any increase in export or import volumes at Port Otago, but that may change in the weeks ahead. Despite a deal between the Lyttelton Port company and Rail and Maritime Transport Union having been close, 200 workers went on strike at midnight on Monday for a fortnight.
Jan 22, 2018
— Flinders Ports announced that South Australia’s Adelaide Outer Harbor Channel will undergo a project to remove 1.55 million cubic metres of material from the shipping channel and place it 30km offshore.