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.

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 […]


Dockworkers unite to fight Hutchison's union-busting tactics 'to the end'

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Hutchison’s Ports Terminal was a tremendous event with workers from all sectors of the industry, community members, politicians, and a host of out fraternal unions taking the fight up to Hutchison’s doors at Port Botany.

Hundreds of angry wharfies and […]


Conciliation ahead in DP World dispute

DP World and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have entered a second week of strikes and lockouts at each of the stevedoring company’s four terminals in Australia.

“This is a perfect opportunity for Mr Abbott to confound expectations and stand with Australian workers against a foreign-owned employer trying to remove their penalty rates,” MUA […]


Safety code rejection angers dock union

The death of Anthony Attard, father-of-three, followed a recent run of accidents seriously injuring other waterside workers and sparked renewed calls for the tougher safety laws to be introduced.

Dock workers have launched a fierce attack on industry bosses for trashing a proposed safety code just eight days after an employee was crushed to death […]


Dockworker deaths inspire rallies for waterfront safety in Australia

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.

A […]


Port Botany tragedy leads to a call for change in Australia’s stevedoring industry

Nikolaos Fanos, 49, waterside worker, husband and father died tragically on the night shift at Patrick Port Botany on March 28, 2010. He was crushed between two containers while lashing onboard the Vega Gotland.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s (ATSB) report into the tragic Vega Gotland incident of 28 March 2010 – where a Sydney […]


Australia’s new waterfront battle

POAGS, a supplier of stevedoring logistics and port management services, said awarding the claim by the Maritime Union of Australia would increase its labour costs by 80 per cent over three years.

Chris Corrigan, the former Patrick chief who took on the union during the historic 1998 waterfront dispute, is chairman of POAGS.

The union’s […]


MUA: Costa Rican court rules against anti union coup

In late August, several months after being ousted in a government coup, the legitimately elected SINTRAJAP longshore union leaders in Costa Rica were reinstated by Costa Rica’s high court. The Maritime Union of Australia published the news:

Paddy Crumlin, ITF president, chair of the ITF dockers section and MUA national secretary wrote to […]