The Maritime Union of Australia has condemned a raft of recommended changes to the modern award covering stevedoring - including increased hours and the removal of penalty rates – proposed by the nation’s major container port companies.Read more
MEDIA RELEASE: The Maritime Union of Australia has condemned a raft of recommended changes to the modern award covering stevedoring - including increased hours and the removal of penalty rates – proposed by the nation’s major container port companies.Read more
The last round of three bargaining meetings (12-14 March) for the new EBA at DPW ran into some hurdles early into discussions.
Basically the company has outright rejected all of the MUA claims. The company mantra is that the MUA members must offset any cost or DP World will not accept any cost claims.
The MUA has made an in depth analysis of our own claims. While we recognise there are cost claims the significant nature of our claims are based upon HR policy and practice. Around 60% of the MUA’s claims are based on the (mis) application of HR policies.
The abuse of workers on sick leave, on workers compensation and the general hardline approach of the HR departments has been outrageous. MUA members are asking to be treated with decency and respect.Read more
The DPW EBA has commenced. The log of claims was finalised by a national delegates meeting on 24/25 January. The national delegates meeting also elected the Part A negotiating team. The first three meetings have taken place with the company over the days 4-‐6 February. The importance of this EBA cannot be underestimated. Outcomes around automation and job security, safety and a workplace free from the harassment and intimidation of current HR practices is required.
Our last EBA was a great achievement that we fought hard to secure. Unfortunately its implementation was marred by what we perceive as a dishonest approach to industrial relations. We had an unprecedented number of arbitrations where previously we have hardly had any. In fact this agreement is the most arbitrated document in the MUA’s bargaining history. This paints a picture of relationship breakdown, where rule of force in the workplace prevails. Whether that coincided with the Citi-‐ infrastructure takeover of the majority of DPW remains unclear but company policy changed radically and aggressively. DPW will need to address this if they desire members to be onside in the development of productivity in a new era of competitive pressure.Read more
|[Picture: (L to R): Jessica Robertson (RTBU), MUA Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith & Ali Noyes (TWU) with the letter addressed to DPW management.|
Representatives of the Transport Unions Federation (MUA, RTBU and TWU) today presented DPW senior management a letter expressing the concerns of the unions and making clear our expectation that Dubai Ports World respects trade union rights in every port it operates in around the world. The AMOU were also signatories to the letter.
On top of local matters raised with DPW specific concerns were also raised about DP World offering the new workers at its London Gateway Terminal lower wages and conditions than at other DP World UK terminals, and that DP World has not allowed UNITE to have access to the Terminal and has so far not recognised or begun collective bargaining with the union.
DP World’s actions at a number of terminals in India were also raised and expressions of solidarity came from Australian unions with a call to DPW to rectify the way they work with Indian Unions and respect trade union rights and freedom of association.Read more
ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) dockers’ union representatives meeting in Chicago, USA, resolved this week to organise a global campaign highlighting the need for global network terminal operator (GNT) DP World to engage with unions over trade union rights/representation in a number of countries.
The representatives agreed that action is required, particularly with regards the situation at London Gateway terminal, UK, where Unite the Union’s offer of cooperative working is being snubbed. Speaking from the Chicago meeting Steve Biggs from Unite said: “What we’re seeing at London Gateway is a rejection of the workers’ choice. This is not the way we expect, or can allow, an employer to behave in the 21st century.”
Meanwhile in the Port of Brisbane, Australia, representatives are calling for transparency in negotiations between the Maritime Union of Australia and DP World. Workers in Brisbane have been dealing with issues of representation, job losses, contracting out, casualisation and a possible cut in working conditions as a result of planned automation.
The Maritime Union of Australia has strongly denounced a move by a minority of stevedoring companies to try to delay the approval of the first-ever National Stevedoring Code of Practice.
The Department of Finance and Deregulation has ordered a Regulation Impact Statement, even though an expert group of stakeholders recently agreed that there was no new cost associated with NSCOP and, as a consequence, Safe Work Australia agreed to release the code for public comment.
“DP World and QUBE are trying to kill a code that will save lives on the waterfront, at the same time that most responsible stevedoring companies have accepted the code,” MUA assistant national secretary Warren Smith said.Read more
During a dynamic global automation conference hosted by the MUA, National Secretary Paddy Crumlin and leading maritime union leaders briefed the media to bring to light a key message: Automation is a fact of life on the docks, and unions are willing to negotiate the terms of introduction of technology but the global maritime labour movement will confront automation imposed via Patrick-like "corporate shadiness".Read more
Wharfies in the Port of Brisbane, Australia are facing a struggle to protect their jobs and working conditions due to automation plans by global network terminal (GNT) operator DP World (DPW).Read more
In a rousing show of unity, DP World workers in Brisbane unanimously approved a strong resolution condemning the company for attempting to destroy the lives of members via a process of automation.Read more