February 27, 2024

Successful resolution for Australian port workers at DP World 

The Maritime Union of New Zealand has offered its congratulations to the Maritime Union of Australia for the successful resolution of the industrial dispute at DP World terminals.

The Maritime Union of Australia and Dubai Ports reached an in-principle agreement last week, subject to endorsement by the MUA membership employed at Dubai Ports in Australia.

The agreement, which replaces an earlier agreement that expired in September 2023, is for a four-year term and delivers fair pay, safety and fatigue management measures, and provides job security and a fair work-life balance for Australian wharfies.

Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Craig Harrison says Australian port workers at DP World had the full support of New Zealand maritime workers and had persevered to achieve a good outcome.

Mr Harrison says it is concerning that a proposed port privatization at Port of Auckland features DP World as a potential terminal operator. 

He says DP World has come under increasing scrutiny in Australia and elsewhere for its business practices.

According to recent polling carried out on behalf of the Union, the great majority of Aucklanders support keeping the Port of Auckland in public ownership.

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