The sun shone down on those who attended this year’s Iron Boat Day held at Gladstone Park Bowling Club in Balmain.
It was Sydney’s turn to host the event, which is held each year to remember the iron ships, which many an Australian seafarer worked aboard, transporting iron ore to steel mills.
To mark one year since the NSW Government announced the sale of public housing at Millers Point, Dawes Point and the Rocks, residents and supporters met at NSW Parliament House for a preview screening of a documentary telling their story.
Just in time for winter, seven wharfies from DP World, Botany have voluntarily gone bald, but it was all for a good cause.
Joining them in their fundraising efforts, which saw them bag more than $7000 for the Leukemia Foundation, was Belinda Koleski who dyed her long dark locks a variety of colours as part of the World’s Greatest Shave.
The MUA is showing their resolve in continuing to fight for members’ rights and jobs, protect their penalty rates and job security at DP World.
On Monday hundreds turned out to a rally was held outside of the Sydney Branch unions rooms.
Unfortunately two bus loads of members could not make the event due to the Sydney Siege unfolding just four bucks away and the MUA also had to cancel their march to Town Hall, nonetheless wharfies were joined in solidarity by other MUA members, other unions, students and various other supporters.
Members from Sydney ferries turned out at Sydney Town Hall to overwhelmingly endorse their new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement with private contractor Harbour City Ferries with 97% of the 245 that turned out voting in favour.
It was World Maritime Day yesterday, the day designated by the United Nations to remember the service and sacrifice of seafarers.
To mark the occasion a group of Sydney branch members, joined by guests from around Australia, made their annual pilgrimage across the Pyrmont Bridge to the Australian National Maritime Museum lead by the Memorial Jazz Band.
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Trade union officials are calling on all unionists, environmentalists and anyone with a social conscience to support the people of El Salvador in their sovereign right to dictate land use in their Central American country.
Port Botany Site Committee Representative, Angelo Dymock, reports from the 2014 ITF Congress in Sofia:
Dock workers all over the world are continually under attack. This situation is not isolated to Australia. We have the same workers’ conditions under attack in Australia as they are in Indonesia, India, Panama, Liberia, Belgium and the list goes on.
Thousands of people took to the streets yesterday to protest the most unfair and unjust Budget delivered in Australia’s history.