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Gladstone port strike called off

In order to ensure that one of Australia’s biggest ports will not come to a grinding halt through a week of strike action, unions have agreed to an 11th hour meeting.  The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), the Maritime Officers Union and Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers planned to strike after a breakdown in negotiations with Dutch-based towing company Smit.  The company has exclusive rights to towage services in Gladstone port and a seven-day strike would have effectively close the coal export hub down.  Read MORE.