Workers ‘sit in’ at Hutchison

At the Hutchison port terminals in Brisbane and in Sydney, Australia, workers on shift are “sitting in”, and other workers are joining community assemblies at the terminal gates.

Their demand is that Hutchison withdraws the redundancies it declared on Thursday 6 August and negotiates with the union over re-equipment and staffing at the terminals.

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100 workers sacked by text message

sackedForty-one workers at Hutchison Ports Australia’s Brisbane operations at Fisherman Island were sacked by text message just before midnight, Thursday 6 August 2015.

More than 100 workers across the country were sacked this same way.

Maritime Union of Australia Queensland State Secretary Bob Carnegie said he believed the company was attempting to de-unionise the ports and the remaining workers in Brisbane were staging a “sit-down occupation” in protest of the sackings.… Go to Article