Legal proceedings against the recently merged militant maritime and construction unions over a blockade at the Victorian International Container Terminal could be delayed for more than a year.
Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi says he’s disappointed the federal government is not doing more to challenge this kind of militancy by, at the very least, having a Minister for Industrial Relations in Cabinet.
The Australian reports, the VICT filed a civil claim against the Maritime Union of Australia and the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union last year over a December protest that left 1000 containers stranded at Melbourne’s Webb Dock for more than two weeks.
Lawyers for the unions yesterday sought a stay of the case until June 30 to allow an appeal by employers against the decision approving the amalgamation to be determined by a full bench of the Fair Work Commission.
Judge Michael McDonald told the Victorian Supreme Court a successful stay argument could be further applied if the amalgamation fight went to the full Federal Court or even the High Court, delaying the civil case for more than a year.
Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News the union seems to be trying to drag things out until Labor gets back into the government benches.
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