Dock workers have launched a fierce attack on industry bosses for trashing a proposed safety code just eight days after an employee was crushed to death on Melbourne's wharves.
Toll Shipping worker Anthony Attard, 42, was helping load cargo on board a vessel docked at the Port of Melbourne on May 20, when he was run over by a trailer. Paramedics rushed to the waterfront but could not revive him.
The tragic death of a waterside worker at the toll shipping facility in Melbourne yesterday and of a miner at the Boggabri coal mine in NSW this morning is yet another reminder that workplace safety is a life and death matter.
ACTU assistant secretary Michael Borowick passed on the condolences of the union movement to the family of Anthony Attard and the mining community in Boggabri as well as the MUA and the CFMEU.
MUA members at Port Botany are participating in the Plebs Pro’s & Personalities 24-hour treadmill run for Suicide Prevention Australia. The union is sponsoring a treadmill. Here is a full report from the Daily Telegraph:
MP Matt Thistlethwaite rose in Parliament to acknowledge the War on the Wharves (which the union previously reported on here). Thistlethwaite said: "I wish to congratulate the members and delegates of the Maritime Union of Australia for holding the third annual War on the Wharves on 9 April at Souths Juniors in my electorate. The War on the Wharves is an annual boxing tournament in which Aussie wharfies take on their New Zealand counterparts in 10 bouts over three rounds across various weight divisions, to raise money for the Sydney Children's Hospital. This year the event raised $40,000 for much-needed equipment at the hospital."
Since it was first announced in 2005 Federal Government plans to build a national radioactive waste dump at Muckaty, 120kms north of Tennant Creek, have been met with staunch resistance from Traditional Owners, transport and emergency services workers, public health, environment and civil society groups right across the Territory and the country. We have met, marched, spoken up and organised to stop plans to transport toxic waste on our roads and railways and dump it on an unwilling community. Muckaty Traditional Owners have fought the plan every step of the way to keep country and culture alive for future generations and this June will finally get the chance to tell their story in the Federal Court.
Trade unions worldwide marked workers’ memorial day this Monday April 28, with a range of activities commemorating those killed at work and aiming to prevent such tragedies happening again.
The MUA and MUNZ fought the good fight on wednesday night to raise money for Sydney Children's Hospital. Watch the bouts here...