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DP World urges CFMEU-MUA to return to negotiation table

Logistics giant DP World is continuing to call on the union to re-start constructive negotiations to stop industrial action from impacting more Australians

Port giant DP World has issued an urgent call for the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU-MUA) to return to the negotiation table to ensure a strong and reliable supply chain for Australian people.

DP World is a globally recognised logistics provider and has been a significant part of Australia’s logistics landscape for the past 25 years. It has also called on the union to cease its Protected Industrial Action (PIA), which it says is adversely impacting the nation’s supply chain, jeopardising the upcoming holiday season, costing businesses of all sizes and ultimately hurting Australian consumers.

DP World says the far-reaching impact of the industrial action is already a cause of concern for the broader supply chain and industry partners. 

“The CFMEU’s Maritime Union of Australia Division is employing tactics aimed at creating confusion and jeopardising efforts by DP World to find solutions to minimise the disruption caused by the PIA,” DP World says.

“The union has issued three notices of its continued PIA in the last week alone, constantly changing and adding to its list of bans. This is having strong repercussions for not only DP World, but Australian businesses who rely on the consistent flow of goods in and out of the country.

“DP World is calling for an end to these diversionary strategies and urges the union to instead return to the negotiating table.” 

DP World says this tactic of constantly changing and adding bans is also impacting DP World employees. It says each time the CFMEU-MUA division adds or changes new bans, union leaders are telling employees to set down their tools and miss out on paid shifts.

Due to union-led stop work bans, DP World employees received 14 per cent less in their pay packets across the first two weeks of October.

With bans intensifying over the last two weeks, this figure jumped to 26 per cent. As a result of the PIA, an average of $1,104 of income was lost per DP World employee in October. 

“Furthermore, the union has levelled baseless accusations regarding DP World’s new scheduling system, which aims to expand weekend work for more staff,” DP World says.

“The union alleges that this change will slash stevedores’ wages by 32 per cent, a claim that DP World refutes as false and deceptive. The contested figure does not reflect existing salaries, but instead is purportedly projected on the expectation of substantial pay raises over three years, which the union desires in conjunction with its current protected industrial actions. 

“Contrary to this claim, DP World projects a substantial number of its employees will experience an increase in take home pay following the adoption of proposed rostering changes.”

DP World Oceania vice president Nicolaj Noes says its commitment to economic growth and infrastructure development in Australia remains unwavering.

“Our primary focus at DP World is to ensure an unhindered and dependable supply chain for Australia,” Noes says.

“We call upon the CFMEU-MUA division to resume constructive dialogue and refrain from actions that disrupt this vital national infrastructure.

“DP World remains committed to fair negotiations, recognising the evolving needs of the global economy and the commitment of its team members. The aim is to secure a mutually beneficial resolution, aligning with industry best practices while ensuring fair remuneration and sustainable growth for the workforce.”

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