Workers Vote Down Patrick's First Offer

Talks with Patrick Bulk and General Operations resumed in Sydney today after meetings of members around the country rejected the company EBA offer last week.

Members at the Fremantle stop work meeting held before the opening of the union's state conference heard that key issues of casualisation, safety and career paths had not been considered in the offer, before voting for officials to go back to Patrick.

All protected action was called off this month to allow the company time to put the offer on the table, the first after 8 months of negotiations, protected action across Webb Dock, Melbourne, Fremantle, Albany and Geelong over 28 days, a further spate of near misses and a criminal conviction against Patrick in the Melbourne courts for discriminating against an OHS Representative.