MUA blockade is holding Tasmania to ransom


Release Date: 3/03/2020
Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO, Michael Bailey, has today slammed the MUA for industrial action affecting shipping in and out of Tasmania.
 
“The MUA is holding Tasmania, Tasmanian businesses and Tasmanian workers to ransom,” Mr Bailey said.
 
“It’s a low blow for the MUA to try and blockade Tasmania and cripple our economy in the process just to make a point, given Tasmanian businesses rely on shipping for the vast majority of their exports and imports.
 
“Some businesses may even have to stand down workers if the situation isn’t resolved soon, which is going to impact families right around the State.  For the MUA to pull this stunt at the same time that Tasmanian businesses are dealing with the impact of the Coronavirus on our key markets shows they really don’t care about the workers whose jobs they are impacting.
 
“This is exactly why the Federal Parliament needs to pass the Morrison Government’s Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill, which would reduce unnecessary costs and delays that law-breaking unions can cause and the TCCI is calling on Tasmanian cross-bench Senator Jacqui Lambie to support the bill.
 
“The biggest impacts of this irresponsible stunt are being felt in the North-West, which is Senator Lambie’s home patch and she needs to show her support for her home region by standing up to the MUA.  Exports out of Burnie have been massively impacted and the effects are going to be felt right around the North West for some time.”
 
Mr Bailey said that with such global uncertainty now was the time for Tasmanian businesses, workers and politicians to be working together to support the economy, rather than use it as leverage, which is what the MUA seems intent on doing.
Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO, Michael Bailey, has today slammed the MUA for industrial action affecting shipping in and out of Tasmania.
 
“The MUA is holding Tasmania, Tasmanian businesses and Tasmanian workers to ransom,” Mr Bailey said.
 
“It’s a low blow for the MUA to try and blockade Tasmania and cripple our economy in the process just to make a point, given Tasmanian businesses rely on shipping for the vast majority of their exports and imports.
 
“Some businesses may even have to stand down workers if the situation isn’t resolved soon, which is going to impact families right around the State.  For the MUA to pull this stunt at the same time that Tasmanian businesses are dealing with the impact of the Coronavirus on our key markets shows they really don’t care about the workers whose jobs they are impacting.
 
“This is exactly why the Federal Parliament needs to pass the Morrison Government’s Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill, which would reduce unnecessary costs and delays that law-breaking unions can cause and the TCCI is calling on Tasmanian cross-bench Senator Jacqui Lambie to support the bill.
 
“The biggest impacts of this irresponsible stunt are being felt in the North-West, which is Senator Lambie’s home patch and she needs to show her support for her home region by standing up to the MUA.  Exports out of Burnie have been massively impacted and the effects are going to be felt right around the North West for some time.”
 
Mr Bailey said that with such global uncertainty now was the time for Tasmanian businesses, workers and politicians to be working together to support the economy, rather than use it as leverage, which is what the MUA seems intent on doing.




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