Key Australian Ports face disruptions as DP World-MUA negotiations fail

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Work disruptions are happening at DP World’s Sydney, Brisbane, and Fremantle terminals as a result of unsuccessful negotiations between DP World Australia and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA). Limited work is being performed at the Melbourne terminal according to DP World’s news release which also states that “economic modelling shows the Industrial Action taken to date has cost the nation $34 million in lost productivity per day, building on an average impact of $84 million per week since the MUA’s protected industrial action commenced in September 2023. The backlog of containers across Australian ports now exceeds 48,000 and will take months to recover from.”  DP World is calling for workplace minister Tony Burke to intervene to end the dispute, a call backed by multiple shipping stakeholders in Australia. 

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