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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.

ITF condemns ‘politically motivated’ MV Portland fines

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) Cabotage Taskforce has condemned as ‘unbelivable’ fines requested by Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) against crew members of the MV Portland.

ITF Cabotage Taskforce chair James Given stated. “This is shameful, unbelievable news. These men were defending their jobs when they were ejected from the ship that was their […]

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Barangaroo death: Union claims it was blocked from inspecting work site

Our profound condolences go out to Brother Macphereson’s family, friends and colleagues. From the Maritime Union of Australia:

The Maritime Union of Australia says it was recently prevented from conducting a safety inspection at the construction site at Sydney’s Barangaroo where a 32-year-old worker was killed March 1.

Tim Macpherson was crushed to death when […]

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MUA win battle for National Stevedoring Safety Code

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is celebrating the release of a National Stevedoring Code of Practice (NSCOP) after a seven-year battle to improve safety standards on the waterfront.

The MUA had engaged in an intensive lobbying effort over many years, in the face of opposition from well-resourced stevedores, peak bodies such as the Australian […]

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Union dockers: ‘Greedy global company DP World is trying to take over our jobs’

Linesmen at Ausport Marine who are also Maritime Union of Australia members are worried that terminal operator and stevedore DP World Australia will take over the linesman’s job function, which would affect 250 linesmen, reported Lloyd’s List Australia.

From an article titled ‘MUA linesmen members worried about stevedore job-threat ‘ in Lloyd’s List Australia:

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NYK hit by criminal cartel case in Australia

From Vessel Finder:

”NYK has had its fair share of cartel strife of late,” reports Vessel Finder. ”In March this year an NYK employee in the US was jailed for 15 months following a car carrier price fixing probe. In March 2014 Japan’s Fair Trade Commission ordered NYK to pay Y13bn ($12.2m) on another […]

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ICTSI lines up $300m in financing for highly automated Australian terminal VICT

From Seatrade Maritime:

Graphic rendition of proposed VICT terminal

International Container Terminal Services Inc’s (ICTSI) Australia unit has signed a AUD398m ($300m) loan facility for the construction and development of its highly automated Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT).

The financing will support the ongoing construction of VICT in Melbourne. Construction of the terminal started […]

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Port of Melbourne to be privatised after bill passes Parliament

The Port of Melbourne is one of Australia’s busiest ports.

The Port of Melbourne will be in a sale expected to fetch $6 billion for infrastructure after legislation to lease the country’s biggest container terminal passed the Victorian Parliament.

The Government hopes to use the proceeds to fund the removal of 50 railway level crossings […]

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Cargill closer to competing with Viterra in South Australia ports

Grain ship loading at Port Adelaide in Australia. Prior to Patrick starting its operations at the port, Viterra was the only provider of bulk wheat port terminal services in South Australia.

A draft determination from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) exempting Patrick Stevedoring’s Berth 29 facility at Port Adelaide, Australia, moves Cargill a […]

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ITF notes achievements of ILO meeting

”The meeting additionally provided a forum to raise the case of the Australian government’s unforgivable behavior concerning the MV Portland,” said ITF seafarers’ section chair and ILO Seafarers’ Group spokesperson Dave Heindel.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has praised the progress made at this week’s maritime meetings of the ILO in Geneva, which […]

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ITF: raid on CSL Melbourne a ‘national error’

From the International Transport Workers Federation:

Commenting on the raid on the CSL Melbourne in Newcastle, ITF seafarers’ section chair Dave Heindel said: “This raid was an error of truly national dimensions. The Australian government seems hell-bent on stripping away the very protections that make Australia the nation it is, and in doing so is […]

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Simultaneous Melbourne and Sydney rallies in support of sacked crew

Victorian Branch Secretary Joe Italia said the loss of jobs on the Portland was just the tip of the iceberg, and if not opposed, those job losses would permeate into other industries.

From the Maritime Union of Australia:

The Maritime Union of Australia is demanding an investigation into Alcoa’s actions after the American-based miner […]

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ITF condemns MV Portland seizure

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) strongly condemns the raid early Wednesday morning on the MV Portland in the Australian home port for which it is named. Up to 30 security guards were reportedly used to eject the five Australian crew members from the vessel and usher on a non-national crew, which then set sail […]

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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 […]

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Ore drops to record low in Asia, shipping index plunges

Iron ore contracts in Asia slumped to records amid speculation that mills in China are reining in steel production as they battle losses, slumping prices and tighter credit, hurting demand for the raw material that’s mainly shipped from Australia and Brazil.

“Steelmakers are going through a very difficult time and a number of them have […]

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New deal brings Australian workers back to the docks

”Workers are essential to the productivity and good health of any successful enterprise, and have a social and legal right to be treated with respect and decency regardless of commercial cycles.” — Paddy Crumlin, ITF President and national secretary of the MUA

100 days after mass sackings Dockers sacked by global network terminal (GNT) […]

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