Fair Work Commission orders shipping company to end worker lockout

Almost 600 maritime workers won’t be locked out of work today after the Fair Work Commission ordered global shipping company, Svitzer, to scrap its plans.

The Fair Work Commission ruled the lockout of 582,000 workers would cause significant damage to the Australian economy.

The commission heard that if the lockout were to happen, shipping would be reduced by 90 per cent at major ports that Svitzer operated out of.

It’s yet to be decided whether the commission will suspend the industrial action for a certain amount of time or terminate it completely.