Maritime Union Of Australia,
It is with great concern that we see crew members forcibly removed from MV Portland in disgaceful act by Alco.
How can Australian authorities accept such violations of legal rights and emerge as a democratic country, and still accept social dumping!
We encourage The Turnbull Government strongly to cancel the temporay licen Alcoa Immediately.
Alcoa behave similarly in Norway, in nearly two years, dockers in Mosjoen been subjected to "lock out" by Alcoa. The way Alcoa operat on must be stopped. The only way to do this is by following the national legislations opperated by the goverment and by international support and solidarity.
The Norwegian Transport Workes Union will support MUA in all leagal ways.
Med vennlig hilsen
Terje R. Fenn Samuelsen
Despite being a busy news day, Alcoa's actions still attracted some mainstream media coverage:
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today strongly condemned the raid early this morning (Wednesday) on the MV Portland in the Australian home port for which it is named. Up to 30 security guards were reportedly used to eject the five Australian crew members from the vessel and usher on a non-national crew, which then set sail for Singapore.
Five crew members aboard Alcoa ship the MV Portland were woken at 1am this morning by up to 30 security guards, handed their passports and forcibly removed from the vessel.
ITF President Paddy Crumlin said: “The ITF and international unions continue to show their solidarity with the workers on the front line at Portland because if it can happen to them it can happen to any of us.
Portland crew member Brett Kolpin wrote this letter to the editor of the Portland Observer:
The crew of the MV Portland has prepared this letter to the editor of the Portland Observer in response to the one in the newspaper from the manager of the smelter, Peter Chellis on January 1:
Supporters and crew of the MV Portland have vowed to continue to fight for their jobs and will hit the streets and hand out fliers today as the Pacific Jewel cruise liner arrives in Portland.