ACTU President Ged Kearney and MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin are today meeting with Hutchison Ports Australia workers following the decision last night in the Federal Court to grant an injunction which protects their jobs.
The Maritime Union of Australia will fight Hong Kong-based logistics operator Hutchison Ports Australia in the Federal Court after almost 100 workers were sacked by text in the dead of night.
The Abbott Government has again shown it is beholden to ideology instead of the discipline of good government by trying to wind back the clock on industrial relations and talk up the dirty tactics used during the infamous 1998 Patrick’s waterfront dispute.
By PAUL SYVRET
As you turn the corner into Peregrine Drive at Port of Brisbane, the background noise of giant straddle cranes and heavy transports gives way, almost incongruously, to a more human hum.
With a Fair Work Hearing likely to go into the wee hours, picket lines in both Brisbane and Sydney are gathering momentum. This didn't stop Senator Abetz from defending his callous comments defending Hutchison's use of a text message to sack its almost 100 workers.
Today at Hutchison Port Botany, sacked wharfies and their defenders were joined by their families. Despite the sombre occasion, a celebration of solidarity was on display.