Ports Australia Calls on Government as Escalation of Industrial Action Threatens Australia’s Supply Chain

There has been a severe escalation of industrial action at DP World Terminals around Australia following this week’s discussions with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).

Ports Australia is again calling on the Australian Federal Government to intervene in this industrial dispute to prevent further escalation. The impact on the supply chain will be felt by businesses across Australia. 99 per cent of trade comes via Australia’s ports, the economic impact of this industrial action is broad.

Ports Australia CEO, Mike Gallacher said that this industrial dispute it not sustainable, and intervention from the Australian Government is required to stop this from dragging on.

“This has national economic consequences, costing the nation $84 million per week. This needs to be resolved quickly before we see any escalation in delays or impacts to the supply chain,” Mr Gallacher said.

“This will have negative consequences not only in Australia but also in the broader global supply chain.”

“It is important to stress that Ports around the country remain open with the other stevedores being unaffected by this dispute and operating their container terminals as normal”, Mr Gallacher said.

Ports Australia wants both parties to finalise their negotiations, and for there be a resumption to regular operations at DP World terminals.