Federal Member for Newcastle Sharon Claydon has lamented the sacking of nearly 80 Australian seafarers, including some from the Newcastle-Hunter region, with the decision of BHP and Bluescope to remove two ships from service.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has accused large multinational companies BHP and BlueScope Steel of using the January holiday period to quietly sack nearly 80 Australian seafarers and replace them with $2 an hour exploited foreign labour on the Australian coast.Read more
Workers employed by Hutchison Ports in Sydney and Brisbane have voted overwhelmingly to commence broad-ranging industrial action, accusing the company of launching the most severe attack on waterfront conditions in a generation.Read more
A new report into port automation by a prominent management consultancy used by rightwing bosses and governments worldwide has shown what unions have known for years – that automation always costs a fortune but rarely delivers forecast profits and productivity gains.
The Morrison Government has offered a series of empty excuses for Australia’s fuel security fail, trying to paper over the cracks of their deliberate inaction on the same day a product tanker caught fire and exploded in Hong Kong, exposing the precarious nature of the international trade.Read more
The Morrison Government has outright rejected a union push to establish a national system of uniform industrial manslaughter laws, saying existing laws should be better enforced and that a separate offence would create an “unrealistic expectation” of justiceRead more
The newly built Dalfram Monument in Port Kembla was the backdrop for the ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of one of the worst human atrocities of modern times, the massacre at Nanjing on the 13th December 1938.Read more
A workshop on Seafarers’ Mental Health was hosted by the Seacare Authority in Fremantle on Tuesday 20 November. Seacare is a government authority responsible for seafarers’ workers’ compensation and OHS. It is the first event the Seacare Authority has held since former minister Michaelia Cash tried to bring in legislation to abolish the Authority in 2016.Read more
The Maritime Union of Australia has today condemned the actions of global stevedore DP World for their bad faith approach to bargaining a new agreement for 1800 wharfies.Read more
Labor has successfully moved to establish a Senate inquiry into Australian shipping to build bipartisan support to reverse the ongoing decline of our nation’s maritime industry.Read more