Tugboat lock-out averted

National Road Transport Association

The industrial dispute involving tugboat company Svitzer Australia remains fluid with the Fair Work Commission last week ordering it to scrap its planned lockout of workers.

The Danish-owned company had announced a lockout of 582 tugboat workers in response to a number of strikes over the past month in a three-year-old bargaining dispute.

The Commission ruled it was satisfied the lockout of maritime workers at 17 ports would cause significant damage to the Australian economy

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