One of Australia's largest port operators will indefinitely stop loading and unloading ships through its Fremantle terminal from this Thursday afternoon.
DP World Australia said it would subcontract its Fremantle vessels out to competitor Patrick in response to a Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) organised stoppage over negotiations about a new enterprise agreement.
The union describes the plan as a "lock-out" of 215 workers and an "extraordinary overreaction" to stop-work action planned for Thursday at Fremantle.
In a statement, DP World said it had received notice of a series of rolling bans on labour, which had the "potential for ongoing disruption to our operations" and would create uncertainty for its customers.
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