The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has repeated a call for federal intervention into the two-month Maritime Union strike in Western Australia.
Chamber CEO Peter Anderson today said the strike is now a “national economic issue” that is costing the resources industry around a million dollars a day.
The Maritime Union called for the strike in November, in support of wage increases between $70,000 to $100,000 per employee per year.
“Regrettably, this strike has now morphed from a local dispute to one threatening our national economic interest and thus requiring immediate government intervention,” Anderson said.
He called on acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard to exercise the ministerial powers under its new IR laws to force an end to further strikes, and to call on the MUA to dramatically lower its “excessive” payrise request.
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