DP World Industrial Action Update

Dear Valued Customers & Partners,

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) continue to be in contact with DP World senior management in terms of thy latest information on the Protected Industrial Action (PIA) impacting their container terminals nationally.

DP World have outlined advice received from the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) division of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) in terms of work bans and stoppages associated with the PIA for the period Monday 8 January to Monday 22 January 2024.

Full list of upcoming protected industrial actions HERE

Furthermore, DP World have today made an important announcement outlining they will no longer tolerate partial work bans effective Friday 12 January 2024:

Dear Valued Customers,  

We hope this email finds you well.

We are writing to inform you of an important announcement regarding DP World Australia’s stance on partial work bans amidst the ongoing industrial dispute.

Effective Friday 12 January 2024, DP World Australia will no longer tolerate partial work bans. As a result, employees participating in these actions will not be entitled to any payment until they are ready and willing to perform all of their normal duties. This decision comes after exhaustive negotiations with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), with the assistance of the Fair Work Commission.

This is a necessary step to address the detrimental effects of the industrial action on vital industries such as meat, agriculture, and retail. The livelihoods of countless individuals are at stake, and we must take action to curb economic losses and stabilise port operations.

We want to assure you that DP World Australia remains fully committed to resolving the dispute while protecting our business interests and the broader economy from the impacts of the industrial action. Our Executive Vice President, Nicolaj Noes, emphasises that finding a fair and sustainable solution remains our top priority.

Amidst this challenging situation, we want to emphasise our unwavering commitment to ensuring the supply of critical goods and medicines. Throughout the industrial action, DP World Australia will prioritise the handling of vessels carrying perishable foods, medical supplies, and humanitarian aid. We have put in place procedures to ensure swift and efficient processing of these essential goods, minimising any disruption to vital supply chains.

We understand the importance of these critical goods and medicines, especially during this period of industrial action. We are fully aware of the impact that any disruption in the supply chain can have on individuals and communities. Rest assured, we are working diligently to ensure their timely and uninterrupted delivery.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for your continued support and understanding during this challenging time. We value our partnership with you and remain committed to providing the highest level of service despite the ongoing industrial dispute.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we navigate through this situation.

Thank you for your attention, and we look forward to
serving you.

Ravi Sheshadri
Vice President – Commercial – Ports & Terminals
Oceania – APAC
DP World 


SILA would like to remind our clients that transport companies have communicated that surcharges for weekends, public holidays and after-hours will be applied as they strive to retrieve containers within their allotted free time.

These bans & stoppages continue to significantly impact our services, and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this period. Our team is committed to minimising disruptions and ensuring the smoothest operations possible. We will keep you updated on any further developments.

We acknowledge the potential impact of these disruptions; however, please be advised that SILA will not assume liability for any additional charges arising from these industrial actions.

Thank you for your continued trust and partnership and should you have any questions or concerns, kindly reach out to our dedicated team!

SILA Imports – imports@sila.net.au
SILA Exports – exports@sila.net.au
SILA Sales – sales@sila.net.au
T: (+61) 07 3908 1690

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