Wharf action ends without pay deal

The Maritime Union of Australia has suspended its campaign of industrial action against stevedoring company Patrick at ports around the country without a pay deal.

Federal government ministers and industries organisations had claimed the union's strategy could hurt farmers and imperil medicine supplies if it continued for long enough.

Industrial action at the nation’s wharves has been stopped.Credit:Lousie Kennerley

The parties failed to reach an agreement after two days of negotiation on Thursday, with Patrick offering a four year deal with 1.5 per cent pay rises and the union offering a one-off 12 month extension of the union's current agreement with a 2.5 per cent pay bump.

More to come.

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