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工会成员扣留货物,危及贸易

上週澳洲海事工会成员禁止卡车出入墨尔本港,阻挡车辆出入一个主要的集装箱码头。

工会成员扣留的货物包括紧急医疗用品、圣诞相关用品及容易腐败的食品等货物。

工会成员试图强迫码头营运商,聘用一个原没资格获得官方安全许可的人在码头工作。

上週在议会,我呼吁 Andrews 政府採取行动,结束工会成员的不当行为,一小部分的工会成员,却造成高达数千万澳币的损失、延误与破坏,并损害重创墨尔本这贸易中心的良好声誉,此等行为非常的可耻。

 

英文版/English version

Union port picket holds up goods, threatens trade

 

Last week, union members from the Maritime Union of Australia blocked trucks from entering and leaving a major container terminal in Melbourne’s port.

 

The picket is holding up cargo including urgent medical supplies, Christmas goods and perishable foods.

 

The union members are trying to force the terminal operator to employ someone who is not eligible to obtain an official security clearance to work there.

 

In Parliament last week, I called on the Andrews government to take action to end this picket. It is disgraceful that a handful of union members can cause tens of millions of dollars of cost, delay and disruption, and damage Melbourne’s reputation as a reliable centre for trade.