Sep 28 2021

Pre-Christmas Industrial action by MUA

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The Maritime Union of Australia has commenced nationwide strikes during the peak pre-Christmas freight period in addition to ongoing action in 2021. This will consist of strikes and work bans at the largest container terminals in Australia, including Sydney, Fremantle and Melbourne, as well as Brisbane.

The Maritime Union of Australia has commenced nationwide strikes during the peak pre-Christmas freight period in addition to ongoing action in 2021. This will consist of  strikes and work bans at the largest container terminals in Australia, including Sydney, Fremantle and Melbourne, as well as Brisbane

What is happening?

Hundreds of wharf workers will strike for 48 hours in Sydney’s Port Botany this weekend and for 12 hours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Melbourne for the whole of October. The recent developments to the ongoing industrial action will further impact the Australian supply chain and is evidence that the situation is escalating approaching EOY.

Terminal Operations Update

Patrick Terminals - Sydney AutoStrad

  • Delays are forecast to extend to up to 2 days with the 24-hour stoppages across the first weekend in October

Patrick Terminals - Brisbane AutoStrad

  • Currently experiencing low-level impact from industrial action

Patrick Terminals - Fremantle

  • The terminal continues to be impacted by industrial action resulting in some extended port stays for vessels.

Patrick Terminals - Melbourne

  • The terminal continues to be impacted by industrial action resulting in some delays with delays expected to increase in relation to new notifications.

What is the impact and how does it affect you?

The reduced labor force and ongoing action will further disrupt the Australian supply chain and increase the overall time for goods to reach the consumer. 

How can I minimise the impact?

  • Stay up to date with the situation
  • Review your stock and ensure you have sufficient goods to allow for potential disruptions
  • Place your orders in advance to allow greater lead time coming up to the festive season

How can Whale Help?

  • Whale Australia will continue to keep you up to date as further information arises
  • Whale will work with our customers to ensure the impact to their business is minimal. If there are any changes to their orders or any delays, their customer champion will be in touch
  • If you are concerned about the impact the industrial action will have on your business, please reach out to Whale to help generate a solution and assist with forward planning

Information is your best resource during challenging times and we will ensure you have access to all the updated information you need.

Contact a Whale Expert for more information.

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