The Maritime Union of Australia has offered to withdraw its legally protected industrial action against Patrick Stevedores which was due to start this weekend (Saturday).
The offer, which came following a conciliatory Fair Work Australia hearing this afternoon (Friday), was made in return for a revised offer on the union's existing log of claims.
After the hearing, MUA Deputy National Secretary Mick Doleman said: "It seems now at the eleventh hour we have made some real progress."
"We have now secured a commitment from Patrick to provide a revised offer on our existing claims by next Tuesday.
"This is the commitment - this, at last, is the certainty - our members have waited for since the stalemate began in January.
"We have also secured a 30-day extension to our legal rights to industrial action as achieved by a ballot which was declared on March 16.
"With the company's offer on the table by Tuesday, negotiations can finally progress in good faith."
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