More than 100 wharf workers have gone on strike at Fremantle Port in Western Australia (WA) after the state-owned port operator refused to guarantee a long term job security for the employees, local media reported on Monday.
The strike began on Monday morning and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) plans to conclude the strike at the same time on Sunday, according to the Australian Associated Press.
Fremantle Port Authority workers are seeking assurance that any privatization of port operations will not see the currently workforce sacked en mass, the MUA said.
MUA's Assistant WA State Secretary Will Tracey said WA Transport Minister Troy Buswell has promised that will not happen but the workers want it in writing.
"Troy Buswell has done everything he can to escalate this dispute to the point where we have no alternate but to strike to protect the jobs of workers," Tracey said in a statement.
"All we ask is that these workers can go home to their families this Christmas and say their jobs won't be lost under a privatized port."