It’s hoped the return to work will see a backlog of containers begin to clear amid fears of Christmas shortages.
Operations are set to resume at Sydney's Port Botany today, after days of industrial action by the union over a pay dispute.
It means a backlog of containers at the terminal can now start to clear, but there are concerns it could take months to get everything back to normal, with some suggestions of a stock shortage for Christmas.
The Maritime Union of Australia yesterday agreed to suspend industrial action after wharfies were refusing to work unless stevedores Patrick Terminals agreed to a pay rise.
They had been locked in discussions at the Fair Work Commission since Wednesday.
At yesterday's hearing Patrick offered the union a 1.5 per cent annual pay increase for members over four years, an offer the MUA rejected.
The MUA was fighting for a 2.5 per cent pay rise for workers and an extension of the existing workplace agreement for another 12 months.
It will return to the Fair Work Commission on October 26 and 27 to defend their position.
The work stoppages had led to a war of words between the union and Patrick over delays.
MUA's National Assistant Secretary Paul Garrett claims made that stop work bans were holding up medical supplies and fresh produce were false.
"Quite frankly the 40 ships off the coast wasn't true, the medical supplies wasn't true, and the offers put forward by Patrick in the Fair Work Commission today just weren't real," Mr Garrett said.
"Wharfies have done nothing wrong."
But Patrick CEO Michael Jovicic said the dispute would cause supply chain delays of up to three months.
"At least now we can get on with clearing the backlog which exceeds more than 100,000 containers around Australia," he said.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/operations-resume-at-port-botany-after-pay-dispute-maritime-union-patrick-terminals-shipping-delays/f9b30b85-3bc4-4758-bd07-7289f972cb59