MEDIA RELEASE: The Maritime Union of Australia has condemned a raft of recommended changes to the modern award covering stevedoring - including increased hours and the removal of penalty rates – proposed by the nation’s major container port companies.Read more
Waterfront operator Patrick Stevedores has been secretly handed $18.5 million to compensate for disruptions caused by the expansion of the Port of Melbourne, State political editor for the Age, Josh Gordon reports.
The Maritime Union of Australia is furious, claiming the secret deal underpins a taxpayer-funded push to casualise the port workforce.
In a report to the Australian stock exchange, Patrick's parent company, Asciano, last week confirmed it had received the payment because of the early termination of its lease at Webb Dock, an area of the port that is being redeveloped.Read more
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
The Maritime Union of Australia will today withdraw its current application to the Federal Court of Australia for legal remedy regarding Patrick Stevedores’ alleged breach of the Port Botany enterprise bargaining agreement.Read more
On behalf of the 45,000-members of the International Longshoremen’s Association, I want to express our solidarity with the Maritime Union of Australia and applaud your efforts at an injunction in Federal Court alleging Asciano and its subsidiary, Patrick Stevedores failed to consult with the MUA before announcing a new contract to deliver 44 automated straddle carriers to Port Botany.Read more
The Maritime Union of Australia will today seek an injunction in the Federal Court over the failure of Patrick Stevedores to consult with the Union and their employees regarding the proposed automation of the Port Botany cargo terminal.Read more
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) says the unionised workforce which has delivered increased crane rates at Patrick’s Port Botany site will only be rewarded with the sack.Read more
Claims of illegal boycott action in response to Asciano's decision to fire half of its Port Botany workforce are false, writes Paddy Crumlin.Read more
In a show of global solidarity the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has received dozens of letters of support from affiliated unions all over the globe, condemning the actions of Patrick’s Port Botany operations return to their mean and tricky ways implemented during the 1998 dispute.Read more