The Turnbull Government’s ideological attack on workers has taken a new twist today with more than a dozen police ordered onto the CSL Melbourne in Newcastle to remove five crew members protesting their sacking by Pacific Aluminium.
On January 13 this year, at 1am five crewmembers aboard the Alcoa-owned vessel – the MV Portland – were woken by up to 30 security guards and intimidated into leaving the vessel following a 60-day dispute.
The Australian company Pacific Aluminium is directly responsible for chartering a vessel that does not have an ITF agreement, protecting its Seafarers most basic rights.
The 16 Australian crew on board the CSL Melbourne have been locked out from accessing food in another attempt to get them to leave the ship.
We the crew of the CSL Melbourne are asking for genuine responses and commitments before we sail this vessel to Singapore where our jobs will be replaced by highly exploited workers on Flag of Convenience vessels.
Up to 100 supporters and Maritime Union of Australia members gathered outside of the Tomago Smelter yesterday at short notice to protest the sacking of the CSL Melbourne crew.
Workers in Newcastle will rally today at 1pm at the Tomago smelter following news that yet another vessel crewed by locals is leaving the Australian coast.
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The AMMA 3 – Swires, Maersk and Mermaid Marine – sent an EBA to offshore workers on January 22 which seeks to axe many conditions currently accepted in the industry. They have also refused to agree to the broad sweep of critical job security claims that will cement Australian jobs in the Australian offshore oil and gas industry.
The Maritime Union of Australia is demanding an investigation into Alcoa’s actions after the American-based miner forcibly replaced Australian seafarers with foreign workers.