Port workers ordered to cease industrial action by Fair Work Commission
Striking workers at Sydney’s Port Botany have been ordered to end an industrial action after a ruling from the Fair Work Commission.
Hutchison Ports advised about 100 workers in Sydney and Brisbane they were being made redundant this week.
Employees that were rostered to work on Thursday joined their sacked colleagues on a picket line outside the terminal in Port Botany.
On Friday evening Fair Work Commission deputy president Anna Booth issued an interim order for employees to stop the industrial action.
“About 8:30pm her honour Deputy President Booth issued interim orders directing the employees of HPA to cease all forms of industrial action,” a spokesperson for Hutchison said.
“The company is in the process of advising employees of these orders and will expect that the Maritime Union of Australia [MUA] will facilitate the orderly return to work and the continuation of work at terminals in Sydney and Brisbane.”
The sacked workers were allegedly sent text messages this week telling them not to turn up to their shifts and to check their emails.
The emails, sent by Hutchison Ports, said the workers’ positions had been made redundant, there were no re-deployment opportunities, and their personal belongings would be couriered to them.
The union attacked the company for sacking workers in the middle of the night but lawyers for the company told the ABC that was misleading.
MUA spokesman Paul Garrett said sacked employees wanted to get back to work.
“There’s a ship here which they can go and work today. The company just needs to put them back to work and rescind this reprehensible sacking,” he said.
He said the union would maintain a presence at the port until workers were allowed to return.