ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) dockers’ union representatives meeting in Chicago, USA, resolved this week to organise a global campaign highlighting the need for global network terminal operator (GNT) DP World to engage with unions over trade union rights/representation in a number of countries.
The representatives agreed that action is required, particularly with regards the situation at London Gateway terminal, UK, where Unite the Union’s offer of cooperative working is being snubbed. Speaking from the Chicago meeting Steve Biggs from Unite said: “What we’re seeing at London Gateway is a rejection of the workers’ choice. This is not the way we expect, or can allow, an employer to behave in the 21st century.”
Meanwhile in the Port of Brisbane, Australia, representatives are calling for transparency in negotiations between the Maritime Union of Australia and DP World. Workers in Brisbane have been dealing with issues of representation, job losses, contracting out, casualisation and a possible cut in working conditions as a result of planned automation.
The Maritime Union of Australia has strongly denounced a move by a minority of stevedoring companies to try to delay the approval of the first-ever National Stevedoring Code of Practice.
The Department of Finance and Deregulation has ordered a Regulation Impact Statement, even though an expert group of stakeholders recently agreed that there was no new cost associated with NSCOP and, as a consequence, Safe Work Australia agreed to release the code for public comment.
“DP World and QUBE are trying to kill a code that will save lives on the waterfront, at the same time that most responsible stevedoring companies have accepted the code,” MUA assistant national secretary Warren Smith said.Read more
During a dynamic global automation conference hosted by the MUA, National Secretary Paddy Crumlin and leading maritime union leaders briefed the media to bring to light a key message: Automation is a fact of life on the docks, and unions are willing to negotiate the terms of introduction of technology but the global maritime labour movement will confront automation imposed via Patrick-like "corporate shadiness".Read more
Wharfies in the Port of Brisbane, Australia are facing a struggle to protect their jobs and working conditions due to automation plans by global network terminal (GNT) operator DP World (DPW).Read more
In a rousing show of unity, DP World workers in Brisbane unanimously approved a strong resolution condemning the company for attempting to destroy the lives of members via a process of automation.Read more
Waterfront workers will today protest at major ports and stevedoring headquarters around the country to demand a national safety code, following the death of 56 year-old Newcastle wharfie, Greg Fitzgibbon last month.Read more
Maritime Union of Australia members at DP World Fremantle late on Tuesday gave their approval to a new enterprise agreement, following on from similar decisions in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Port Botany.Read more
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) workers at DP World Port Botany have unanimously passed a resolution in support of the Yemeni Dockers Union over workers' rights abuses and poor conditions of employment.Read more
Fair Work Australia has issued a section 418 order to stop or prevent industrial action.Read more