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 […]


Hutchison Ports Australia and the MUA extend negotiations on workers sacked by email

Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) has signed a new agreement with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) to extend until November negotiations over the sacking of 97 port workers by text message and email in August.

According to the parties’ new agreement, negotiations will be extended until November 16 under the auspices of Anna Booth, deputy […]


Ports blockade: Workers refuse to unload boats in Brisbane and Sydney

Hundreds of protesters at the Port of Brisbane say they will maintain a picket line until Hutchison reverses its decision. (AAP: Dan Peled)

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

Protesting workers have refused to unload the first cargo ship to arrive at Hutchison Port operations since the company sacked 97 workers in Brisbane and Sydney […]


MUA condemns proposed changes to stevedoring award

”In the same week that we have seen yet another tragic death on the wharves, it beggars belief that our major employers would be engaging in a proposal to strip waterfront workers of their hard-earned rights and conditions.” — MUA Deputy National Secretary Mick Doleman

The Maritime Union of Australia has condemned a raft of […]


BHP Billiton warns tugboat strike could cost $100m a day; deckhands currently get no leave

Will Tracey, MUA’s Assistant Western Australia Secretary, said, ”Industrial action is always a last resort and we still hope that we can come to an agreement without having to take the action which has been sanctioned by the Fair Work Commission.”

From the West Australian:

Mining giant BHP Billiton has denounced planned strike action by […]


MUA takes Patrick to court over jobs

Ian Bray, MUA Assistant National Secretary, says Patrick has received a payment of at least $18.5 million from the Victorian government and it was in Victoria’s interests that Patrick retain permanent jobs.

The Maritime Union of Australia is taking Patrick Stevedores to court, saying it wants to stop the company from making workers redundant while […]


Dockworker’s hand crushed at Fremantle Port

Safety concerns for port workers have been raised after an incident where a worker was injured at Australia’s Fremantle Port on Friday.

The Maritime Union of Australia state secretary Christy Cain said the accident followed a Fair Work Commission decision which ordered workers at the terminal to increase their work rate.

“We have serious concerns […]


MUA celebrates progress on stevedoring code of practice

”We are on the brink of making history on the Australian waterfront. The tragedies that have hit so many families of MUA members over the past decade must never repeat itself,” said MUA assistant national secretary Warren Smith. ”The horror of wharfies being 14 times more likely to die on the job than the […]


Australia: Ban on union disruption to ferry services

The Fair Work Commission yesterday banned the Maritime Union of Australia from carrying out any unprotected industrial action in Sydney for one month.

The MUA was unhappy with the NSW Government’s recently announced Sydney Ferry Future Plans, released last Wednesday. It pledged to add more ferries, upgrade wharves and introduce a new timetable.

Yesterday morning, […]


Australia: Patrick stevedores lock out Dampier workers

The MUA have been locked out since Tuesday, after introducing a Fair Work Australia sanctioned ban on unscheduled overtime.

Patrick stevedores have locked out their 26 strong Dampier workforce after pay talks stalled with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).

MUA organiser, Doug Heath, says the lock-out follows 22 months of difficult talks over […]


Deaths spark MUA campaign for gas workers

The Stena Clyde drilling unit was operating under lease to Origin Energy when an incident on the drill floor killed two men.

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) on Thursday gained entry to a Stena Clyde offshore drilling unit about 90km southeast of Warrnambool where two men died on August 27.

But it says it […]


Australia’s Gladstone port strike called off

Unions have agreed to an 11th hour meeting to ensure that one of Australia’s biggest ports will not come to a grinding halt through a week of strike action.

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), the Maritime Officers Union and Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers planned to strike at 7pm (AEST) on Friday […]


'Abusive' posters land Maritime Union of Australia in court

From ABC Australia:

Workers who did not take part in industrial action labelled as ‘scabs’

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched legal action against the Maritime Union of Australia over the distribution of abusive posters.

The posters labelled workers who did not take part in industrial action as scabs, and were distributed at the Fremantle […]


Australia: Maritime union, Patrick settle pay dispute

After a 19-month standoff, stevedores Patrick has come to an agreement with the Maritime Union of Australia over waterfront workers’ pay and conditions until 2015.

They reached the deal after a series of stop-start strikes on the waterfront, beginning in late 2010.

The resolution came only after the intervention of Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten, […]


MUA warns wharf dispute may re-ignite

MUA state secretary Chris Cain warned the workers were fed up and the dispute would quickly reignite if their demands were not resolved in the next four weeks. ‘If we have to take protected action to make sure our workers go home nice and safe, we’re going to do that,’ he said. Picture by […]