Porter intervenes to stop Sydney waterfront strike

He said that over the weekend he, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Minister for Trade Simon Birmingham had called on all parties to work together towards a resolution of the issues.

“To date this has not occurred.”

DP World argues the stop orders are warranted under Fair Work Act provisions that the action would significantly damage the NSW economy.

The stevedore has said the strike will cost almost $60 million a day in exports and imports, equating to 5.4 per cent of NSW’s gross product, at a time when supply chains are already under pressure due to COVID-19.

The case will be heard on Saturday and a decision is expected the same day.

So far, shipping lines have reported delays of at least 11 days during the two-weeks of industrial action at Patrick and Hutchison and have introduced new ‘congestion surcharges’ passing on some of the $25,000-a-day costs on to importers.

Maritime Union of Australia national secretary Paddy Crumlin has flagged that the union is open to talks with DP World.

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