Manly Fast Ferry (MFF) has been meeting with its employees and representatives from the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining, Energy Union (CFMMEU) for some time to negotiate a new agreement for its Masters. It is the MFF’s view that these meetings have seen progress and can lead to an agreement that is fair, demonstrates the respect we have for our staff, while also viable for our passengers and for the ferry service across Sydney.
It is disappointing that the CFMMEU has chosen to take this industrial action prior to a scheduled meeting with the Manly Fast Ferry management to further discuss terms to be included in a new Agreement for MFF Masters.
As a member owned mutual, we have a responsibility to our members and passengers to ensure they experience the least amount of disruption as possible. We will therefore take measures to minimise impact if Wednesday’s strike goes ahead. Members and passengers will be able to find updates on services through social media, and there will be staff placed at Manly Wharf to help answer any questions.
MFF strongly disputes claims that staff are being paid below the minimum wage. We stand by our belief that we pay our staff fairly and above the awards that apply on the Harbour. We hope to reach an agreement with our employees that provides a fair and reasonable salary as well as security of employment that helps us grow and increase jobs on Sydney Harbour.