SYDNEY, Australia — A 24-hour strike by Australian dock workers left the country's major ports idle Friday, a shipping industry official said.
The strike by an estimated 10,000 waterfront workers, which started at midnight Thursday, would cost shipping companies about $1 million, the official said.
About 60 ships in 11 ports were affected by the stoppage, said Assn. of Employers of Waterside Labor official Gerry Johnstone.
Passenger vessels, perishable cargoes and livestock were exempted from the dispute.