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Unions gather to strengthen South Pacific trade unionism

Maritime Unions have met in Auckland, New Zealand, to work towards a Regional Maritime Federation to build union strength throughout the South Pacific.

The meeting brought together the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ), the Papua New Guinea Maritime and Transport Workers Union (MTWU), the Australian Maritime Officers Union […]


Patrick Stevedores handed millions of dollars for Port of Melbourne hold-up

MUA assistant secretary Ian Bray said it was disgraceful that the state government had refused to reveal the size of the payout, with the money transferred directly to shareholders rather than being used to retain staff. ”If Patrick gets its way, three out of four workers at … Webb Dock will have to sit […]


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 […]


Sydney ferry workers walk off the job

A private operator took control of the Sydney’s ferry fleet in August of last year.

Sydney’s ferries are set to grind to a halt this morning as workers walk off the job.

All services apart from those on the Taronga Zoo route will stop at 10am after Maritime Union of Australia called a stop […]


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 […]


Court action starts over union 'scab' flyers

The Commonwealth has begun legal action against the Maritime Union of Australia and its WA assistant secretary over the distribution of flyers vilifying Fremantle Ports workers as “scabs”.

The ombudsman said Mr Tracey faced penalties of $6600 for each breach and the MUA, which is alleged to have approved of his actions, faced penalties of […]


'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, […]


Thousands march in support of port workers

Auckland march in support of MUNZ dockworkers, March 10, 2012

International Transport Workers’ Federation dockers’ section secretary Frank Leys said all the workers wanted was a fair deal, but their requests for job security were not approached in good faith by Ports of Auckland.

He said the dispute was crucial for trade union […]


Wharf dispute to set Patrick back months

The MUA's week-long work stoppage affected at least 26 ships. (ABC TV News – file image: Kerrin Binnie)

Stevedoring company Patrick says crippling industrial action at three of its ports will cost the company $8 million and set its operations back up to two months.

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has rejected an […]


MUA waterfront strike off as pay talks resume

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has agreed to halt a proposed waterfront strike and believes it is making progress in negotiations with stevedoring company Patrick over a new pay deal.

Patrick launched legal action in Fair Work Australia on Friday in a bid to halt planned MUA strikes at ports across Australia over the […]


MUA strike will cripple us: Patrick

The MUA is planning strikes at ports in Sydney, Melbourne (pictured above), Fremantle and possibly Brisbane from Saturday unless Patrick agrees to key demands on wages and safety.

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

A new waterfront battle is looming with planned strikes by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) set to cripple stevedoring company […]


30 Japanese dock workers, 142 public transport workers feared dead

More than 30 dockworkers are still missing and the vast majority from the Sendai Shiogama port, their union Zenkowan reports. Eleven union members of the All Japan Checkers Cooperation are still missing, nine members are missing at Japan Cargo Tally Cooperation and 142 public transport workers in Miyagi Kotsu or 10 per […]


Japanese dockworkers, seafarers hit hard by tsunami

Japan port tsunami damage

Unions have been unable to contact some port workers at Miyako and Shiogama Sendai terminals. In Miyako both the union and company rooms have been swept away and most of the seawall is under water. In Shiogama Sendai container terminal (see photo) phones and internet are still down, the wharves […]


Patrick, MUA resume talks but both remain wary

Lloyd’s List Daily Commercial News reported yesterday:

Representatives of Patrick and the Maritime Union of Australia will meet for a second day of negotiations today, aimed at resolving a dispute over pay and conditions for bulk and general workers.

A spokesperson for the MUA said talks with Patrick bulk and general resumed in Sydney […]