DP World has been temporarily prevented from using general dock workers to do the job of ‘linesmen’.
Australia’s Fair Work Commission has issued a temporary order prohibiting DP World from using general dock workers to moor, unmoor and shift ships at its Melbourne terminal.
Currently, these mooring duties are currently performed by external mooring providers, who employ workers known as linesmen.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has criticised the plans, arguing it will take away linesmens’ jobs and is outside of the scope of the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) which was signed five months ago.
MUA assistant secretary Warren Smith said: “DP World has stopped its push for mooring in Sydney and Fremantle at this stage. There have been big struggles with wharfies at DP World standing up and fighting back.
“Workers at DP World have made it clear in no uncertain terms they don’t want this work and they don’t want to put their mates out of a job,” he continued.