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Commission to consider protected industrial action by Svitzer

15 Nov 2022

For more than 3 years, Svitzer Australia Pty Limited (Svitzer) has been bargaining for a new enterprise agreement with three unions: AMOU, MUA and AIMPE.

On 14 November 2022, Svitzer issued a media release stating that it had given notice to harbour towage employees of a lockout that will take place from Friday, 18 November 2022, and will continue indefinitely.

Svitzer’s announcement has caused the Commission to consider making an order on its own initiative to suspend or terminate protected industrial action by Svitzer.

This matter was initially listed for mention at 12.00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 16 November 2022. The hearing continued at 1pm (AEDT) on Thursday, 17 November.

The hearing has now concluded and a decision and order have been issued.

To read the decision and order in this case, go to Svitzer Australia Pty Limited industrial action