Illawarra Labor MPs have expressed their support for the sacked workers, many of whom come from the Illawarra
STATEMENT ON THE REMOVAL OF THE MV MARILOULA & MV LOWLANDS BRILLIANCE FROM BLUESCOPE FREIGHT SERVICES18 Jan, 2019 ▮
Federal Member for Newcastle Sharon Claydon has lamented the sacking of nearly 80 Australian seafarers, including some from the Newcastle-Hunter region, with the decision of BHP and Bluescope to remove two ships from service.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has accused large multinational companies BHP and BlueScope Steel of using the January holiday period to quietly sack nearly 80 Australian seafarers and replace them with $2 an hour exploited foreign labour on the Australian coast.
Workers employed by Hutchison Ports in Sydney and Brisbane have voted overwhelmingly to commence broad-ranging industrial action, accusing the company of launching the most severe attack on waterfront conditions in a generation.