A militant union has pushed again in opposition to claims its industrial motion techniques are inflicting medical shortages, labelling them “outrageous lies”.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is in negotiations with Patrick Terminal at Port Botany in Sydney over elevated pay for wharfies.
Pharmacy Guild Australia senior vice-president Trent Twomey claimed in a Every day Telegraph report the MUA’s actions have been inflicting drugs shortages.
The union stated the assertion was categorically false.
“We’ve all the time taken a really eager curiosity in guaranteeing we aren’t stopping any treatment from coming throughout the marina line,” MUA Sydney department secretary Paul McAleer stated.
“They will inform us which bins they’re and we’ll guarantee they get off these vessels.”
A spokesperson for Pharmacy Guild Australia stated: “We welcome their dedication right this moment to let medical freight by.”
The months-long dispute intensified on Monday as Patrick sought help from the Truthful Work Fee and Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has weighed in, saying: “The MUA is holding the nation to ransom with extortionate claims which has seen ships backed up, out at sea, attempting to convey issues into our nation once we are in a COVID recession.”
The MUA initially demanded a 6 per cent pay rise for wharfies, however as negotiations have progressed, has set its intention on a rise nearer to 2-2.5 per cent a yr.
The union stated a menace of a 24-hour stoppage at Port Botany slated for final Friday was referred to as off.
The present negotiating techniques contain staff refusing to do extra time or work above their pay grade.
NCA NewsWire has contacted Patrick Terminal for remark.