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 [...]
A dock worker holds a defaced picture of Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-shing as he marches with others during a strike at Cheung Kong centre in Hong Kong, April 17, 2013. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
More than 200 striking dock workers camped outside the headquarters of Asia’s richest man on Wednesday, pressing demands for a [...]
In a mark of international solidarity, a delegation of Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) unionists and rank-and-file workers is in Hong Kong to join the Kwai Tsing dockworkers on the picket line.
MUA National Secretary and President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), Paddy Crumlin, said Australian maritime workers have been deeply disturbed [...]
Hong Kong dock workers strike, April 17, 2013. About 450 workers, mostly crane operators and stevedores, walked out on March 28, seeking higher wages and better working conditions as rising living costs and record home prices spur discontent in the city. The dockworkers at Hong Kong port earn HK$55 ($7) an hour, according to [...]
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 [...]
In March, ILWU delegates stood in solidarity with the Maritime Union of New Zealand against outsourcing and anti-union tactics employed by POAL. Pictured: MUNZ officers Joe Fleetwood and Garry Parsloe, with ILWU International Vice President-Mainland Ray Familathe in the center.
ITF comment on Ports of Auckland, New Zealand:
In the wake of initial signs [...]
The Fremantle Port Authority has rejected a last minute offer from the MUA to call off a strike due to commence at 5:30am on Monday 17 December. After months of negotiations, Fremantle Port Authority workers are seeking assurance that any privatisation of port operations will not see the currently workforce sacked en mass.
Will Tracey, [...]
The Maritime Union held its 4th Triennial Conference in Wellington from Tuesday 6 November to Friday 9 November.
Maritime Union of New Zealand General Secretary Joe Fleetwood says the Conference concludes a three year period of intense activity for the Union.
He says that the Ports of Auckland dispute had been on the agenda, along [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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The call to free Said El Hairech took on international dimensions
The UMT union worker that organised both a Tangier dockworker agreement and protests against the stranding of nearly 200 Moroccan seafarers in Spanish and French [...]
The president of ITF (International Transport Workers Federation) had a meeting with Harold Dagget, president of ILA (International longshoremen’s Association) and Bob McElrath, president of ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) regarding mutual promises on the subject of job security, retraining, jurisdiction and improved working conditions in exchange for increased automation.
In order to replace [...]