Bill Shorten has weighed in on the Australian Shipping debate in response to the seafarers being sacked off the BHP ships Mariloula and Lowlands Brilliance.
On 21 January, the Maritime Union of Australia made a comprehensive submission to the Inquiry into a Sustainable Queensland Intrastate Shipping Industry being held by the Transport and Public Works Committee of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland.
BHP Billiton the Anglo-Australian multinational mining company headquartered in Australia has dumped its Australian crew from two vessels that carried iron ore from Port Hedland in Western Australia to steelworks in Port Kembla and to China.
The Maritime Union of Australia says a strategic shipping fleet makes sense fleet is essential on economic, employment and national security grounds, particularly for the transport of petrol and other liquid fuels, for which there is a critical national shortage that is becoming an international embarrassment.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has welcomed the unanimous support of steelworkers at BlueScope Steel in Port Kembla who have rejected the move by the company and its former parent BHP to sack the Australian crew of two vessels carrying iron ore from Port Hedland.
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) today expressed opposition to the decision of BHP to dump Australian crew from two vessels that carried iron ore from Port Hedland in Western Australia to steelworks in Port Kembla and to China.
STATEMENT ON THE REMOVAL OF THE MV MARILOULA & MV LOWLANDS BRILLIANCE FROM BLUESCOPE FREIGHT SERVICES
Illawarra Labor MPs have expressed their support for the sacked workers, many of whom come from the Illawarra
Federal Member for Newcastle Sharon Claydon has lamented the sacking of nearly 80 Australian seafarers, including some from the Newcastle-Hunter region, with the decision of BHP and Bluescope to remove two ships from service.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has accused large multinational companies BHP and BlueScope Steel of using the January holiday period to quietly sack nearly 80 Australian seafarers and replace them with $2 an hour exploited foreign labour on the Australian coast.
Workers employed by Hutchison Ports in Sydney and Brisbane have voted overwhelmingly to commence broad-ranging industrial action, accusing the company of launching the most severe attack on waterfront conditions in a generation.