The Australian wharves fell silent on April 7. At 10am towering cranes, frenetic straddles and gantries were switched off. In Adelaide, Fremantle, Melbourne, Darwin, Devonport, Brisbane and Botany, ships sat idle for one hour as Australian waterside workers walked off the job.
Outside the Greek Orthodox church in the western Sydney suburb of Hurlstone Park, two buses unloaded around 200 stevedoring workers from the Port Botany wharves. Many wore their yellow safety jackets – on their sleeves the words ‘best be safe’.
Nikolaos Fanos, 49, waterside worker, husband and father died tragically on the night shift at Patrick Port Botany at around 7pm, Palm Sunday, March 28.
Ports were closed for stop work meetings to call on the government for a national safety code to be enforced on the docks.Read more