Hutchison Port workers sacked by text and email mount protest at Port Botany

Workers sacked by email

 DOZENS of protesting port workers remained off the job at Port Botany in Sydney today despite a late-night attempt at conciliation between union reps and Hutchison Ports.

A spokesman for Hutchison Ports, which sacked almost 100 workers by email and text on Thursday, said talks between Fair Work Australia and the Maritime Union (MUA) fell flat and workers remained on the picket line in Botany and in Brisbane.

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Transitioning to a Clean and Efficient Energy System


Publisher’s Note: As the Qld government’s involvement in the Adani fiasco has people scratching their heads, here is an alternative energy policy paper written for Sustainable Queensland by Trevor Berrill, an engineer with 30 years experience in renewables.

This group’s patron is Prof Ian Lowe.  Sustainable Qld have presented the findings to the Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mark Bailey, his Director General and Energy Policy staff.… Go to Article

BDS cultural boycott of Israel explained

PACBI Guidelines for the International Cultural Boycott of Israel (Revised July 2014)

Being that part of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) tasked with overseeing the academic and cultural boycott aspects of BDS, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has advocated, since 2004, for a boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions.[1]Go to Article

After the Waterfront – the workers are quiet

Prior to the global financial crisis the LeftPress collective wrote a pamphlet about the 1998 MUA dispute on Australian ports. Given recent events where global port operator, Hutchison, has sacked half its workforce in Brisbane and Sydney it seems timely to re-visit this dispute.

Does this represent a shift in the thinking of workers who will no longer tolerate the casualisation, long shifts, poor wages, increasing unemployment?… Go to Article