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Shipping Australia condemns latest waterfront strike action

Monday, 15 February 2021 | 21:00

Victoria International Container Terminal, in the Port of Melbourne, has revealed that it will shortly be subject to extensive industrial action. Shipping Australia CEO Melwyn Noronha comments: “We would like to express our sympathy for ordinary families, for importers and exporters and for the trucking and logistics industries. All of these Australians are already suffering because of the pandemic and the associated economic crisis. “Strikes at Australia’s major container terminals serious adversely affect ordinary Australian families. Remember, early last year, people were literally physically fighting in supermarkets over a perceived shortage of toilet paper.

“Our importers and exporters will likely face increased difficulties and delay because of strikes and work bans. They may also face increased costs as they try to arrange workarounds to cope with the strike by, for example, arranging for their shipments to be re-routed. Meanwhile, our logistics industries – which accounts for about 10% of the Australian workforce – will be adversely affected too. Then there’s the adverse affect on our farmers’ ability to sell their products overseas in an effort to recover from years of drought, the recent bushfires and COVID.

“At a time when global and national economies are reeling, at a time when Australians have been forced out of work, at a time when many people are struggling to find the money to keep a roof over their head and food on their plate, it is contemptible that the union is – again – trying to cripple the Australian economy and the ability of Australians to earn a living. And for what? For their own selfish interests.

Melwyn Noronha

“The shipping industry will also be gravely impacted too, in the form of delays and costs. This will seriously affect schedules and services. “It really is time for the Federal Government to recognise the vital importance of the international container trade. Shipping Australia calls for the Federal Government to intervene and to protect Australians from this reckless strike action”.
Source: Shipping Australia

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