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Persistent Svitzer spat set to end in Australian labor court

Maersk-owned carrier Svitzer and three Australian labor unions have been negotiating new work conditions for years, until the tugboat operator asked Australia’s Fair Work Commission to end the dispute.

Photo: Sina Schuldt/AP/Ritzau Scanpix

Over two years of fruitless contract negotiations between an employer and three maritime labor unions – with more than 50 meetings and a few rounds of mediation.

Such had been the process when tugboat operator Svitzer – the largest of its kind in Australia – in January this year threw in the towel and requested the country’s body for legal labor disputes, the Fair Work Commission, to terminate the contracts with the unions.

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