28 Sep 2021 Fears Wharf Strikes Will Bring Construction to its Knees
Melbourne Construction industry reeling from material supply issues – now there is another threat, industrial action on the wharf.
As if the construction industry doesn’t have enough of a challenge thanks to COVID-19 and material supply shortages, now there’s the threat of industrial action on Melbourne wharfs. In this article from the Urban Developer we learn more about the planned industrial action.
The construction industry has been dealt another blow as industrial action cripples ports across Australia, adding pressure to an already constrained construction materials supply chain.
The Maritime Union of Australia has launched strike action at Patricks Wharfs at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle, in a campaign for pay rises and increased union control of manning levels and hiring.
Port Botany wharfies in Sydney will strike next weekend, while Melbourne wharfies plan to strike every second day in October.
Master Builders Australia chief executive Denita Wawn has condemned the industrial action, which she said would paralyse the industry.
“More than $10 billion in building products was imported in the past 12 months and these strikes will hammer the building supply chain which is already under huge pressure,” Wawn said.
“Our members are already experiencing long delays and substantial cost increases due to product shortages and these strikes will make it even harder for building and construction businesses across the country.
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