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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.

Sydney crane smash could have been fatal

MUA: Crane collapse in Sydney could have been fatal.

From SBS in Australia:

A metal wire which snapped from a collapsed crane on Sydney Harbour could have killed someone when it flung across to land and hit Luna Park’s iconic face entrance, the Maritime Union of Australia says.

The 220-tonne purpose-built crane, which sits […]

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Australian unions take up ICTSI dockworkers case with Indonesian Minister

The Indonesian Government is coming under pressure to intervene in a major industrial dispute developing with port operator ICTSI after Australian unions protested and delivered a joint letter to the Indonesian Minister for National Development Planning Bambang Brodjonegoro in Canberra today.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and local Indonesian union FBTPI organised the protest […]

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MUA and Patrick at battle stations as 'peace deal' looks to be in tatters

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 […]

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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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Jo Cox MP: in memoriam

”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 […]

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ITF supports Australian stevedores as ‘final offer’ deadline is rejected

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. […]

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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 unions watching MV Portland dispute in Australia

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 […]

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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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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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Relax on health and safety in ports? Not a chance

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 […]

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