Excerpts from the Sydney Morning Herald:
Tension between the Maritime Union of Australia and stevedoring giant Patrick are sharply rising again after the company accused its workers of illegal industrial activity at Sydney’s Port Botany terminal.
A stoush between the union and Patrick will reignite fears of yet another long-running dispute, the worst of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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:
”Jo was very well known within and throughout the labour and progressive movement in the UK and the world for her extraordinary commitment to peace and human rights and her leadership and absolute commitment to build a more functional fairer and accountable world.” — Paddy Crumlin, ITF president and MUA national secretary
Speaking in […]
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is backing Australian stevedores as they continue to fight for a fair deal on pay and conditions from port operator Patrick.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has rejected an arbitrary deadline put in place by Patrick to respond to their so-called final offer on a new Enterprise Agreement. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Maritime union groups around the world are closely monitoring a dispute over the replacement of the Australian-flagged bulk carrier MV Portland in south-eastern Australia, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has said.
New York-based metals manufacturer Alcoa wants to sell the aluminum carrier MV Portland and dismiss 40 local seafarers. The company plans to […]
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 […]
”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) […]
From an opinion piece on Port Stratego by Paddy Crumlin, president of the International Transport Workers’ Federation and the chair of its dockers’ section:
‘Having a policy typed up and laminated in your company offices doesn’t make its application a reality. Genuinely high standards of health and safety are about constant vigilance and […]
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 […]
As industrial disputes continue, workers at a port in Sydney say that they will remain in their position until the problem is solved.
Last Friday, Hutchison Port’s workers started with their demonstrations at various ports in Sydney and Melbourne after the company informed sacking of 100 workers via email.
The Fair Work Commission ordered the […]