Port Waratah Coal Services workers and union supporters from across the country and around the world will rally tomorrow (Friday) to demand that PWCS cease its union-busting posture and negotiate a fair deal.
The mass rally will take place at 1pm at Curlew St, Kooragang Island, Newcastle, opposite the front gate of the PWCS terminal.
The rally will feature a host of high-level union leaders from a cross-section of industries.
“I have come here with a simple message for PWCS: the global maritime community is now taking on this fight,” said Willie Adams, the Secretary-Treasurer for the US International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), who is traveling in Australia to build solidarity for PWCS workers.Read more
Serious Incident At Newcastle Coal Terminal Highlights Impact Of Port Waratah Coal Services Intransigence
A major incident this afternoon at the Port Waratah Coal Services facility in Newcastle has highlighted some of the major safety concerns raised by workers as part of negotiations for a new workplace agreement with the Rio Tinto subsidiary, according to the Maritime Union of Australia.
Between 1pm and 1.30pm today, temporary untrained workers overloaded a hatch while carrying out a coal loading procedure on the bulk carrier Pacific Triangle.
As a result, significant damage was caused to the ship loader, resulting in a backup and spillage of coal onto the vessel and wharf.
“This incident underscores why we believe PWCS must drop its mind-boggling and short-sighted anti-union resistance to a fair workplace agreement that addresses the genuine safety concerns of local workers,” MUA national assistant secretary Ian Bray said.
|[Picture: PWCS Workers at the 15 May work stoppage.]|
Workers at Rio Tinto subsidiary Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) in Newcastle announced a new set of work stoppages, beginning from today, after ongoing negotiations broke down yesterday.
Stoppages will take place over the next four days. Work will stop today between 1.00am and 5.00am, between 10.00am and 2.00pm, and between 9.00pm and 5.00am. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights work stoppages will occur between 8.00pm and 4.00am.
MUA assistant national secretary Ian Bray said the union still wants to reach a fair agreement, but members have voted unanimously to ramp up protected action.Read more
Port Waratah Coal Services workers in Newcastle will take protected industrial action today and tomorrow, June 7 and 8, affirming the strong unity throughout the ranks of workforce as they seek a fair agreement.Read more
As the PWCS campaign intensifies, the unanimous solidarity among workers is being bolstered by a growing wave of support from around the globe.Read more
Workers at Rio Tinto’s subsidiary Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) in Newcastle announced that they will proceed with a work stoppage today (Friday) and then broaden legally protected actions with a new 24-hour work stoppage on May 29.Read more
Workers at Rio Tinto’s subsidiary Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) in Newcastle announced a new work stoppage scheduled for Friday.Read more
The campaign for a fair contract at PWCS has been gathering momentum every day. After the 15 May work stoppage, the MUA put out the following statement:Read more
Workers at Rio Tinto’s subsidiary Port Warpath Coal Services (PWCS) in Newcastle will go through with a planned stop work action on Wednesday, as international pressure grew on the company to modify its anti-union proposals.Read more
Workers employed at Rio Tinto subsidiary Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) in Newcastle will stop work next Wednesday, May 15, as part of protected industrial action against the company.Read more