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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