By Unions NSW Assistant Secretary Emma Maiden
Graeme is 54 years old. In the last 15 years, he has been made redundant five times, most recently via email and text message by Hutchison at Port Botany. His story is not uncommon: secure quality jobs in Australia are fast disappearing.
Hutchison Port Botany has a new mailing address: Struggle Village, 97 Sirius Road, Botany, NSW
As the union moves into negotiations in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) over the next couple of days, the community assemblies remain ongoing.
Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith, who is taking part in the FWC discussions, said it was important to keep up the pressure because the company would never had come to the table if the assemblies were not initiated in Brisbane and Sydney.
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) National Secretary Paddy Crumlin has welcomed Hutchison Ports Australia back to the negotiating table following the sacking of 97 wharfies three weeks ago.
After a three-week, self-imposed media blackout, Hutchison corporate have come out of the wilderness in issuing a statement from its Hong-Kong parent company, in attempt to 'clarify' the company's actions.
Full of misleading statements and outright inaccuracies the statement does very little to clarify anything and only serves to further muddy the already bracken water.
The statement is below:
As a result of Hutchison’s intransigence in negotiations the Maritime Union of Australia has been forced to ramp up its campaign.
Today, in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, members and their supporters took the protest to Vodafone, which is half owned by Hutchison.
Hutchison Workers Sacked By Text And Email to Join Vodafone’s #BigLittleProtest on Same Day Parties Head Back to FWC
Workers sacked by midnight text and email nearly three weeks ago by Hutchison Ports Australia will take their campaign to the streets in three capital cities today to join the #BigLittleProtest run by Vodafone Australia – which is half owned by Hutchison. -
By Glenda Korporaal
Sacking an employee by email or text may be technically legal, but a recent move by Hutchison Ports to sack almost 100 workers in Sydney and Brisbane by text and email stands as a warning for other employers on the many risks of following suit.
British Labour star Jeremy Corbyn has conveyed his support for the Maritime Union of Australia in its ongoing dispute with Hutchison Ports.
The Maritime Union of Australia and Hutchison Ports Australia will hold high-level meetings tomorrow following the company’s unpopular decision to sack close to 100 workers by text message and email.