Monday 19th Nov, 2018

Unions critical of stevedore

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WHARFIES in Australia, Indonesia and Pakistan have banded together to criticise a major stevedoring company over its safety record.

The Maritime Union of Australia, together with the JICT from Indonesia and South Asia Port Terminal Democratic Worker’s Union in Pakistan formed a Regional Safety Committee to combat what they say is a poor regional safety record from Hutchison Ports.

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MUA assistant national secretary Warren Smith said they were ready to organise globally.

“We’re going to fight and align our struggles as the issues are all too common,” Mr Smith said.

MUA Sydney branch secretary Paul McAleer said workers at Hutchison terminals had come together in the great tradition of maritime workers.

“The Safety through Solidarity campaign will succeed, because the resolve of workers to stay safe and go home to their families,” he said.

Hutchison has been approached for comment.



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