WHARFIES at Patrick East Swanson Dock have shown their solidarity with workers who have been on a picket line for a year as part of the Esso Longford dispute.
A picket was formed at Longford in Gippsland mid-last year after around 200 maintenance workers were sacked following a dispute involving Esso maintenance subcontractor UGL.
The agreement, according to unions, cut pay by 30% and reduced annual leave.
ETU Delegate Dane Coleman and AMWU Delegate Troy Carter met with MUA deputy national secretary Will Tracey, MUA Victorian branch assistant secretary Bobby Patchett and the Patrick ESD Committee in Melbourne last Friday.
“The meeting lasted more than two hours; the delegates explained their situation and thanked Patrick ESD members for their ongoing support and donations,” Mr Patchett said.
“The MUA will be with them every step of the way.”
Hundreds of union supporters gathered at Longford recently to mark one-year since the dispute began.
The ABC has quoted Esso as urging unions and UGL to resolve the issue.