Hundreds of wharfies in NSW and Western Australia have joined Melbourne workers in walking off the job amid a pay fight with the country’s largest stevedoring company.
More than 1,800 DP World employees are striking this week across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.
It comes after a three-month ceasefire agreement between the company and the Maritime Union of Australia.
The union claims it is fighting the outsourcing of jobs, cuts to income protection insurance, and plans for automation which could cause job losses – but DP World says the union has refused to budge in negotiations and needs to acknowledge the company’s commercial reality amid increased competition from automated competitors.
The nationwide strike is expected to affect shippers, exporters, and importers.
More than 600 wharfies went on strike in Melbourne on Wednesday and they don’t plan to return to work until Sunday.
Another 600 workers in Sydney and about 250 in Fremantle are expected to walk off the job for two days from Thursday.
In Brisbane, more than 300 workers took industrial action on Monday and Tuesday.