The Commission is considering making an order on its own initiative to suspend or terminate protected industrial action by Svitzer Australia Pty Limited.
For more than 3 years, Svitzer has been bargaining for a new enterprise agreement with three unions:
- the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE)
- the Australian Maritime Officers’ Union (AMOU), and
- the Maritime Union of Australia Divisions of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (MUA).
On 14 November 2022, Svitzer issued a media release stating that it had given notice to all harbour towage employees covered under its 2016 National Towage Enterprise Agreement and to the AMOU, MUA and AIMPE of a lockout that will take place from 12:00 pm AEDT, Friday, 18 November 2022, and will continue indefinitely.
Svitzer’s announcement caused the Commission to consider making an order under section 424 of the Fair Work Act 2009 on its own initiative to suspend or terminate protected industrial action by Svitzer (B2022/1726).
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 published below.
|Description||Party or organisation||Date of document||Date published|
|Outline of Submissions of DP World Limited||DP World Limited||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Statement of Michael Sousa||Qube Ports Pty Ltd||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
Outline of Submissions on behalf of Qube Ports Pty Ltd
|Qube Ports Pty Ltd||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Report: Economic effect of the cessation of Svitzer port towage services||Svitzer Australia Pty Ltd||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Witness statement of Deniz True||Svitzer Australia Pty Ltd||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Svitzer’s submission||Svitzer Australia Pty Ltd||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Witness statement of Mark Morrow||Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Witness statement of Mark Cully||Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Outline of Submissions for the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations||Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Witness statement of Julian Sefton||NSW Ports||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|NSW Ports Outline of Submissions||NSW Ports||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Statement of Paul Garrett||MUA||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Outline of submissions for the MUA||MUA||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Statement of Gregory Yates||AIMPE||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Outline of submissions for AIMPE||AIMPE||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Outline of anticipated evidence of Jarrod Moran||AMOU||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Submissions of Patrick Stevedores Holdings Pty Ltd||Patrick Stevedores Holdings Pty Ltd||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Submissions of NSW Minerals Council||NSW Minerals Council||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
|Outline of Submissions of Port of Melbourne Operations Pty Ltd||Port of Melbourne Operations Pty Ltd||17/11/2022||17/11/2022|
Notices of listing
|Description||Date of document||Date published|
|Cancellation of hearing on 18 November 2022||17/11/2022||18/11/2022|
|Notice of listing for hearing on 17 and 18 November 2022||16/11/2022||16/11/2022|