The Courier-Mail

First union talks use­ful

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HUTCHI­SON Ports Aus­tralia says it has held “con­struc­tive” talks with the dock­ers’ union, as over­seen by the Fair Work Com­mis­sion.

The com­pany and the Mar­itime Union of Aus­tralia en­tered the ne­go­ti­a­tions rather than tak­ing their fight over the late-night sack­ing of al­most 100 work­ers to the Fed­eral Court.

In a state­ment yesterday, Hutchi­son Ports act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Jack said the first of three pri­vate meet­ings had been “use­ful and con­struc­tive” dur­ing a “very dif­fi­cult time” for the com­pany.

Com­ment has been sought from the union.

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