National Towage EA Update
Over the past four months Svitzer has been bargaining exhaustively with the three maritime unions along with the assistance of the Fair Work Commission (FWC).
Unfortunately, despite significant efforts by Svitzer to reach a compromise we have not yet reached an agreement.
However, Svitzer can advise that in further efforts to try reach a deal, on Friday (14 April 2023) Svitzer agreed to withdraw its application to terminate the Enterprise Agreement.
Svitzer and the unions will now continue to bargain in good faith, with the ongoing assistance of the FWC, until the 31st of May 2023. The parties have also agreed to not undertake any industrial action during this period.
We appreciate there is a high level of interest in this matter and thank valued customers and stakeholders for their ongoing patience and understanding.
Our focus remains on reaching a new, fair agreement and industrial stability that helps:
- Improve safety, reliability and efficiency of shipping operations
- Improve the productivity of the national supply chain
- Improve the diversity and development opportunities for current and new workforce within the maritime sector
- Improve Svitzer’s competitiveness.
Svitzer will continue to provide updates on this matter.