Memorial Services Honour Fallen Waterside Workers

Waterside workers will attend memorial services across the country today to coincide with the funeral of wharfie Stephen Piper who was killed in a work accident on Appleton Dock in Melbourne on July 14.

The services will remember Piper, 41, husband and father of two young children, and also the lives of 7 other waterside workers killed on the job in the last 7 years.

Piper's death has devastated the waterfront community numbed by the loss of three workmates in the last five months after a period of steadily rising mortality rates.       

The Maritime Union of Australia's National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said that wharfies and seafarers were in shock and the ceremonies would give them a chance to express their sorrow and support for the family.

"The members of our Union are naturally upset and many are frustrated and angry and want to see their mate off decently and with respect. As one of our members wrote this week: 'No family should sit and wait at the end of the working day for a loved one who never returns' ", said Crumlin.

"Today is a day for mourning rather than chest beating but the deaths and other serious injuries in 2010 represent a crisis in waterfront safety. Grieving workers and their families can take consolation in the determination we have to see that that there is urgent attention given at the highest level of Government and employers to see that our wharves are safe workplaces.

"With 3 deaths in 5 months there is fear and doubt in our workforce and their families. It is a small and productive national workforce with very strong bonds between them, and their work is essential to the national interest. We have communicated to Federal and State Governments and stevedoring companies the need for consistent safety guidelines and regulations right across the country. There is a national crisis due to clear safety failings and deficiencies over a long time and any further delay could mean the loss of another life. That is unconscionable." said Crumlin.

 WHAT: National Memorial Services for deaths of Stephen Piper and other wharfies

Including the funeral service for Stephen Piper - Boyd Chapel, Springvale Cemetery, Main Drive

Springvale, Victoria.

-       Tributes to Stephen Piper and fallen comrades, reading of personal letter from wharfie Ash Huish, keynote speakers, wreath laying.

WHEN: Today Friday July 23 commencing between 12 pm to around 2.30pm.

WHERE: The memorial services will be held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Fremantle, Adelaide, Hobart, Port Kembla, Townsville, Newcastle, Darwin and Devonport.

Media Contact: Paddy Crumlin 0418379660

Michael Meagher 0410 482367

LOCALITIES OF MEMORIAL SERVICES AND MARITIME UNION CONTACTS 

MELBOURNE

2.30pm

Boyd Chapel

Springvale Cemetery

Main Drive

Springvale Victoria 3171

(03) 8558 8278

Contact: Kevin Bracken

Tel 0400 077 563

 

ADELAIDE  

12 noon

Workers' Memorial

Cnr St Vincent Street and Commercial Rd

Port Adelaide MUA SA branch, Adelaide

CONTACT

Jamie Newlyn

Tel 0419 517 487

 

BRISBANE  

2pm

Wynnum Manly Juniors

Kitchener Park

Stradbroke Ave

Wynnum

Contact: Mick Carr

Tel 0419 641 463

 

DARWIN

2pm

Stokes Hill Wharf

Darwin

Thomas Mayor

Tel 0437650221

 

SYDNEY

1.30pm

 Workers Memorial Park

(Next to Sydney Entertainment Centre)

Little Pier Street

Sydney CBD

Contact

Paul McAleer

Tel: 0417 468 424

 

FREMANTLE

12pm

Union rooms

2-4 Kwong Alley

North Fremantle

Contact Chris Cain

Tel 0407 850 084

 

 

 

 

 

PORT KEMBLA

2pm

Adjacent Jetty 4

Port Kembla Harbour

Contact: Garry Keane

Tel 0419 724 433

 

NEWCASTLE

2pm

Merchant Mariners Memorial

Newcastle Foreshore

Wharf Road

Contact: Jim Boyle

Tel 0418 271 923

 

TOWNSVILLE

2pm

Maritime Museum

Palmer Street

Townsville

 

DEVONPORT,

Tasmania 

2pm

Union rooms 3/59

Wright Street

East Devonport

Contact: Jason Campbell

Tel: 0418 139 023

 

 

7 DEATHS ON THE WATERFRONT IN SEVEN YEARS

 

STEPHEN PIPER, Appleton Dock, July 2010

NICK FANOS, Port Botany, March, 2010
BRAD GRAY, Brisbane, February 2010
BOB CUMBERLIDGE, Westernport, March 2007
PETER ROSS, Appleton Dock, January 2007
DEAN ROBINSON, Port Adelaide, June 2006
JEFF GRAY, Appleton Dock, June 2003

 

Memorials will also honour earlier maritime worker deaths

 

TREVOR MOORE, KARRATHA SPIRIT 2008

BILLY DIXON, Searoad, Devonport, Tasmania, 1999

MICK CARABOTT, East Swanson Dock, 1998

BRYAN PATERSON, East Swanson Dock, 1997

ROGER STONE, 5 Darling Harbour, Sydney1992

ROY AUDET, Gladstone, 1992

REX LOWDAY, Geelong, 1992

JAMES CAIRNS, Melbourne, 1991

BRIAN GREAVES, White Bay, Sydney 1991

BARRY GIFFORD, 5 Darling Harbour, Sydney, 1990