DP World is currently in dispute with the Maritime Union of Australia over new claims by their employees.

The Maritime Union of Australia and DP World were locked in negotiations seeking to resolve the dispute that centres on pay, among other issues.

They claim, “the company’s managers still refuse to table a written wage offer around which meaningful negotiations can be held,” as Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) said today in a short post in the social media.

Adrian Evans, MUA assistant national secretary, said the parties were unable to reach an agreement following three days of meetings this week, and accused DP World of “squandering” the process by refusing to engage meaningfully.

Australian Wharfies have been on strike since October, when the former enterprise agreement expired, but the union has said it had been seeking a new deal in good faith since March, and that DP World paid its workers 17 per cent less than Patrick’s stevedores while jacking up prices for their customers by 52 per cent at the beginning of this month.

“Customers of this multibillion-dollar company have every right to be frustrated with DP World´s refusal to negotiate, but the MUA will not be bullied by the Dubai government and nor should anybody else,” said Evans.

Maersk have been informed that DP World Australia has received additional protected industrial action notices from the Maritime Union of Australia division for each of their Australian terminals at the ports of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Fremantle.

The Maritime Union of Australia has extended its industrial action at the terminals until 22 January 2024.

In accordance with Maersk, in Sydney and Melbourne there is a quayside stoppage between 06:00hrs and 14:00hrs from Monday 15th Jan 06:00hrs through to Monday 22nd Jan 06:00hrs.

In Brisbane there is a quayside stoppage between 07:00hrs and 15:00hrs from Monday 15th Jan 07:00hrs through to Monday 22nd Jan 07:00hrs.