The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Maritime Union of Australia fights for safety, job security at Asciano

The MUA has applied to the Fair Work Commission for a protected action ballot that, if approved, would allow Patrick employees to engage in strikes ranging from four hours to 48 hours as well as overtime bans.

The union’s deputy national secretary, Will Tracey, said on Tuesday that the union was committed to working with […]


ICTSI mulls move for cheaper rent deal at Port of Melbourne to match rivals

Melbourne’s newest stevedore, Victoria International Container Terminal, owned by Filipino company International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI), is considering pushing for changes to its rental agreement at the Port of Melbourne after rival DP World secured a cheaper long-term deal.

The rent VICT committed to pay to the port is believed to be more than […]


MUA: Port Privatisation a Proven Mistake

From the Maritime Union of Australia:

Port privatisation will short-change Territorians and result in job losses, according to the Maritime Union of Australia.

MUA Northern Territory Branch Secretary Thomas Mayor urged Adam Giles to reconsider his stance on port privatisation, adding that selling, or leasing profit-making assets was a short-sighted mistake that would cost tax […]


DP World, Patrick face competition as billionaire bids for Melbourne terminal

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

The pressure will build on DP World and the other incumbent stevedore, Asciano’s Patrick, as early as next month when a successful bidder for the third container terminal at the Port of Melbourne is expected to be announced.

Hutchison is the leading contender among four bidders – including the Chris […]


Patrick Stevedores handed millions of dollars for Port of Melbourne hold-up

MUA assistant secretary Ian Bray said it was disgraceful that the state government had refused to reveal the size of the payout, with the money transferred directly to shareholders rather than being used to retain staff. ”If Patrick gets its way, three out of four workers at … Webb Dock will have to sit […]


Threat of new waterfront war over automation on wharves

MUA boss Paddy Crumlin says he will seek international union support for a campaign against Patrick. Picture: Sam Mooy Source: News Limited.

The maritime union has threatened an international campaign to disrupt Patrick’s Port Botany operations, vowing to “fight to the death” controversial plans by owner Asciano to unilaterally replace employees with machines.



Australia: Patrick Risks War On Waterfront As 270 Axed At Botany

From the Maritime Union of Australia:

Patrick risks reigniting a bitter industrial dispute on the country’s waterfront after unveiling plans to slash more than half the wharfies employed at its container operations at Sydney’s Port Botany.

The stevedoring business – a division of Australia’s largest listed ports operator, Asciano – will lay off 270 of […]