Mining giant Rio Tinto, through its subsidiary Coal & Allied, is a shareholder in PWCS.
Workers at Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) in Newcastle are poised to launch protected industrial action after an impasse in negotiations, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) says.
Workers at the Kooragang Island and Carrington sites have voted on a [...]
Industrial action taken at Sydney’s Port Botany in December last year has led to legal action being initiated by stevedore DP World against the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and two of its senior officials.
DPW is suing for losses it says it incurred during the industrial action on December 18 and 19.
A preliminary [...]
Japanese farmers protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Tokyo. Their banner reads: ‘We absolutely oppose Japan’s participation to TPP.’
Farmers in the US are pushing for Japan to join the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership as a way to gain access to the world’s third-largest economy as automakers seek to exclude the Asian nation until it [...]
From the International Transport Workers’ Federation:
ITF dockers’ unions are being asked to demonstrate their solidarity for workers in the Port of Brisbane, Australia who are facing huge job losses, contracting out, casualisation and a cut in working conditions as a result of automation plans from employer DP World (DPW).
The ITF dockers’ section [...]
Hapag-Lloyd has announced changes in port rotation for its WAS and WAN services between the U.S. West Coast and Australasia.
The WAS service rotation, Loop 1, will be as follows: Oakland, Calif.; Los Angeles; Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney; Tauranga, New Zealand; Papeete, French Polynesia; Ensenada, Mexico; and back to Oakland.
The WAN [...]
KXRO reports the increased export activity created more than one hundred FTE longshore jobs for handling the cargo.
Port of Grays Harbor Commissioner, Jack Thompson, and Executive Director, Gary Nelson were in Minnesota to receive Minnesota Soybean’s 2012 International Marketing Committee Partner of the Year Award.
Minnesota Soybean, which represents more than 25,000 soybean farmers [...]
GrainCorp, Australia’s last remaining independent listed agribusiness, has rejected a sweetened takeover bid from US food giant Archer Daniels Midland, arguing the $2.8 billion offer does not sufficiently value it.
ADM’s offer was increased to $12.20 this month, plus allowing shareholders to retain the 35 cent dividend, from $11.75 per share offered in October.
Japan-based Marubeni, owner of Columbia Grain in Portland and across the U.S., is an example of the growing power of a small number of grain traders. Many say this consolidation is nearing a monopoly and is detrimental to farmers and consumers. Marubeni/Columbia Grain is part to the Northwest Grainhandlers’ Agreement with ILWU Locals 4, [...]
MUA rally for safety
Waterfront workers today are protesting at major ports and stevedoring headquarters around Australia to demand a national safety code, following the death of 56 year-old Newcastle wharfie, Greg Fitzgibbon last month.
A 20 tonne pallet of aluminium ingots on board the Weaver Arrow crushed Mr Fitzgibbon on September 23.
U.S. agriculture giant Archer Daniels Midland raised the stakes in the global race for grains trading power last week, by seeking talks to buy smaller Australian shipper GrainCorp to build up its platform in Asia.
The 10 percent purchase comes at a time of dramatic consolidation in the global grains sector amid intense competition to [...]
Decatur, Ill.-based ADM and other grain giants are vying for growing business in China and other emerging markets, where incomes are rising and consumers are eating more meat products and other foods. Rival Cargill, based in Minnetonka, Minn., and one of the world’s biggest privately held companies, bought the Australian Wheat Board’s trading and [...]
From the Maritime Union of Australia’s web site:
West Australian Transport Minister, Troy Buswell, needs to take the time to learn the basic facts about the dispute between workers at Fremantle Port and their employer before making incorrect claims about the merits of workers’ claims.
MUA Assistant National Secretary, Ian Bray, said lives have been [...]
Iran’s civilian population is already reeling from sanctions that, according to the United Nations, are cutting access to medicine and humanitarian goods. But today, Maersk Line, the world’s largest shipping container company, announced it will end port service in Iran.
In Maersk’s statement, they declared that their cargoes had been limited to goods for the [...]
MUA WA Secretary Chris Cain said around 160 union members walked off the job at 5.30 Tuesday morning.
Dozens of dock workers have blockaded one of Perth’s busiest ports, as the Maritime Union of Australia began a four-day strike over pay and rosters.
The strike follows a failed Enterprise Bargaining negotiation with the Fremantle [...]
The Maritime Union of Australia plans to hold protests until Friday.
About 100 waterside workers are protesting over pay and conditions outside the Kwinana Bulk Terminal in Naval Base.
The MUA and Fremantle Port held an emergency meeting a short time ago but failed to reach an agreement.
Earlier in the day the West [...]