The Maritime Union of Australia has withdrawn its threat of a 10-day strike by wharfies at Mermaid Marine Australia’s (MMA) Dampier Supply Base in Western Australia, with the parties committing to return to the negotiation table.
The MUA had flagged a stoppage from tomorrow (August 1) in support of enterprise bargaining demands. However, in a statement to ASX early this afternoon (July 31), the MMA said the notice had been withdrawn. MMA said it “continues to meet with the MUA in an effort to reach a fair and reasonable outcome for all parties”.
The union has previously accused the company of dragging its feet in the negotiations, which have been underway for eight months.
In a statement to Workforce Daily late today, MUA WA secretary Chris Cain said the decision to withdraw the strike action followed “meaningful discussions today” on the enterprise agreement.
Cain said the parties had agreed on a series of six meetings starting tomorrow to resolve outstanding differences.
The company had earlier denied suggestions the 10-day stoppage would directly impact on its slipway or vessel operations or its international operations.
In a July 25 statement to the ASX, MMA said it was “implementing strategies to ensure the proposed protected industrial action does not impact on business continuity for its customers”.
First published in Workforce Daily 19254, 31 July, 2014
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