Union Takes Job Safety Battle To The Media

MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin takes workers outcry over lax safety on the wharves and the tragic death of 41 year father of two Steve Piper to the media. A selection of news reports follows

ABC Newcastle (Newcastle)

07:30 News - 16/07/2010

 Port Corporation and P & O have made a joint commitment to lift safety standards following a nationwide stevedore strike. Around 50 waterside workers in the Kooragang Island P & O Automotive and General Stevedoring site returned to work yesterday after participating in a 24 hour strike.

They protested against safety conditions after one of their colleagues died in Melbourne.

According to Jim Boyle, Newcastle Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia, all stakeholders met yesterday to discuss improving safety strategies.

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WIN Wollongong (Wollongong)
WIN News  - 15/07/2010 - 06:34 PM

Australia's wharves are in crisis according to the Maritime Union of Australia, which is calling for a complete overhaul of safety procedures after three deaths and several near misses in five months.

ABC Illawarra (Wollongong)
17:30 News - 15/07/2010 - 05:31 PM
Newsreader
News Editor Mr Paul Devenport 02 4224 5011

The Maritime Union of Australia says only a national regulation at ports and onboard ships will guarantee its members a safe working environment.


ABC Riverina (Wagga Wagga)
NSW Statewide Drive - 15/07/2010 - 04:38 PM
Work is returning to normal at Australian ports after a 24 hour strike by P&O stevedores, following the death of a colleague in Melbourne.


2HD (Newcastle)
15:30 News - 15/07/2010 

Wharfies
are expected to return to work at the Newcastle Port this hour. Maritime Union of Australia national secretary Paddy Crumlin says that it is important the wharf employers have safety at the forefront.

ABC 774 Melbourne 
14:00 News -
Wharfies
from Stevedore and P&O Automotive sites are returning to work...

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MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin says they've been calling for these changes six deaths ago now and they're not having another person killed

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By ILWU Coast Longshore Division
"The industry is in crisis," said Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia.

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By Terry Shadwell
Maritime Union of Australia national secretary Paddy Crumlin says Mr Piper's death has prompted a new union fight on safety. "This is not an industry with hundreds of thousands of workers, these are small groups of workers placed under ... 

  

Wharfies strike after worker crushed to death, ABC 

By Kellie Lazzaro

It was quiet at Melbourne's Appleton Dock this morning. 

Stevedore Stephen Piper was crushed to death when a 2.5-tonne steel beam fell from a crane at Melbourne's Appleton Dock early yesterday morning.

Maritime Union of Australia national secretary Paddy Crumlin says Mr Piper's death has prompted a new union fight on safety.

"This is not an industry with hundreds of thousands of workers, these are small groups of workers placed under tremendous pressure and they're dying at a rate that we haven't seen for generations," he said....

The Maritime Union's assistant national secretary, Warren Smith, says a meeting with the company last night ended with a heated exchange.

"We were left in a cold smoko two hours before they bothered to come and see us and when they came out they told us that they didn't have to show us any of the company's safe operating procedures or processes or job safety analysis and the company walked out," he said.

Mr Smith claims the recent deaths on the waterfront reflect a slipping standard of safety at all Australian ports.

"It's an abnormal spike that's reflective of what is the decreased levels of workers on the job and the consistently increased levels of productivity," he said.

The Maritime Union wants the Federal Government to draft new national safety laws for Australian wharves.

And national secretary Paddy Crumlin says further industrial action is on the cards.

"If they don't address it and the stevedores don't accept their responsibility in that process there's going to be a lot more of that stuff," he said.

A spokesman for Workplace Relations Minister Simon Crean says maritime and stevedoring safety will be an element of the new national occupational health and safety laws to take effect in 2012.

Worksafe Victoria is investigating yesterday's accident at Appleton Dock.


Workers walk off docks after death
MARIS BECK AND REID SEXTON, The Melbourne Age
July 15, 2010

 A 41-year-old father-of-two, from Dingley Village in Melbourne's south-east, was killed when a 2.7-tonne steel beam fell from a crane and landed on him.

WorkSafe Victoria said the worker was rigging a drum to a lifting device with the steel beam when the hydraulic brakes failed to operate together and caused the beam to fall.

Australian wharves close after worker's death

Australia Network News

Paddy Crumlin of the Maritime Union of Australia says it's time for conditions to change, after three deaths in five months. 

Worker's death prompts wharf shutdowns

ABC Local

Paddy Crumlin from the Maritime Union of Australia says it is time for conditions to change. "We need to start getting some commitments off people  ...

Wharfies take action after worker dies

SBS

"The industry is in crisis," MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin said in a statement. "We said last time we lost a worker in March we needed urgent action ...


AAP

Wharfies have shut down the operations of a major stevedoring company for 24 hours after a worker was crushed to death at a dock in Melbourne.
The 40-year-old was killed at Appleton Dock in Port Melbourne after a three-tonne steel beam fell on top of him around 9.15am (AEST) on Wednesday.

Falling drum kills waterfront worker
MEGAN LEVY
July 14, 2010 - 11:34AM

A 40-year-old man has been crushed to death by a steel drum in a workplace accident on Melbourne's waterfront this morning, police say.

A crane hoisting the 2.7-tonne drum is believed to have collapsed on Appleton Dock, West Melbourne about 9.15am, 



Man killed in West Melbourne industrial accident
LOCAL NEWS
14 JUL 10 @ 12:13PM BY MICHAEL GLEESON

Police spokeswoman Leonie Johnson said a 2.7 tonne steel drum fell on the man on Appleton Dock Rd at about 9.30am.

Man killed by falling steel drum in Port Melbourne

From: AAP July 14, 2010 11:59AM


A crane had been lifting the steel drum around 9.15am (AEST) at the city's Appleton Dock when it suddenly collapsed.

Wharfies take action after worker dies
14 July 2010 | 07:29:38 PM     | Source: AAP SBS TELEVISION
Wharfies have shut down the operations of a major stevedoring company for 24 hours after a worker was crushed to death at a dock in Melbourne.
The father of two from Dingley Village was rigging a steel drum to a lifting device with the steel beam. Worksafe Victoria inspectors believe the hydraulic jacks failed to operate in unison, causing the beam to fall on the worker.

"The industry is in crisis," MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin said in a statement.

"We said last time we lost a worker in March we needed urgent action to overcome the lack of safety on the job."

Wharfies take action after worker dies
14 July 2010 | 07:29:38 PM     | Source: AAP/ABC NEWS
Wharfies have shut down the operations of a major stevedoring company for 24 hours after a worker was crushed to death at a dock in Melbourne.

"The industry is in crisis," MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin said in a statement.
said.


Worker's death prompts wharf shutdowns
Updated July 14, 2010 18:05:00
The Maritime Union says it is time for conditions to change. (ABC News: Andrew Fisher)
Melbourne 3000
Work at 15 wharves around Australia has ground to a halt after the death of the third worker in five months.
Paddy Crumlin from the Maritime Union says it is time for conditions to change.
"We need to start getting some commitments off people that they're going to fix this," he said.
"That we're going to have a single safety standard in this country, we're going to have a single point of enforcement. That there is going to be training, that there's not going to be casualisation and short cuts on labour at the expense of people's lives.
"I mean they're not hard things to commit to."

ABC 702 Sydney (Sydney)
06:30 News - 15/07/2010 - 06:32 AM
Newsreader
Chief of Staff Mr Bernie Keenan

Paddy Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, says commitments to safety standards, safety enforcement and training must be given.

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 Appleton Dock death sparks Oz strike
DOCKWORKERS employed by Australia's POAGS have walked off the job for 24 hours in reaction to a fatal accident this morning.


ABC 774 Melbourne (Melbourne)
06:30 News - 15/07/2010 - 06:31 AM
Newsreader
The Maritime Workers Union claims safety standards at Australian wharves are the lowest they have been since World War 2. 

ABC Illawarra (Wollongong)
06:30 News - 15/07/2010 - 06:31 AM
Maritime Union
members at Port Kembla have joined their colleagues and stopped work for 24 hours over the issue, delaying two ships. The union wants national safety regulations for the industry.

Melbourne Talk Radio (Melbourne)


The Maritime Union of Australia is demanding national regulation for the safety of dock workers around the country following the death of a Melbourne

SKY News Australia (National Australia)


Workers at P&O Docks are to remain off work until this afternoon after the death of a worker in Melbourne, who died when a steel beam fell and crushed him,

ABC2 (National Australia)
ABC2 News Breakfast - 15/07/2010 - 06:04 AM
Virginia Trioli and Michael Rowland

Wharves are closed this morning because of industrial action. The Maritime Union of Aust called for the shutdown following the death of another worker on the dock at Appleton.

SEA FM (Gosford)
Many wharfs around Australia have ground to a halt with workers walking off the job for 24 hours. It follows the death of a worker in Melbourne

ABC 702 Sydney (Sydney)
06:00 News - 15/07/2010 - 06:02 AM
Newsreader

Paddy Crumlin
of the Union says regulatory application is disgraceful and also casualisation leads to poor training standards.

Channel 7 (National Australia)
Sunrise - 15/07/2010 - 06:02 AM


P&O workers around the country have walked off the job after a colleague was killed in Melbourne

2CC (Canberra)
06:00 News - 15/07/2010 - 06:02 AM


Wharfies
are on strike around the country today to campaign for national safety laws following the death of a worker who was crushed by a steel beam at Port Melbourne. Paddy Crumlin, Maritime Union says it's not up to the workers to fix the problems, and should expect the industry to deliver a safe work force.


Channel 9 (National Australia)
Today - 15/07/2010 - 06:02 AM

A 40 year old man was killed yesterday at Appleton Dock when a three-tonne steel beam fell on him. The Maritime Union of Australia has shut down 27 docks and says national safety regulation is needed.

4BC (Brisbane)
06:00 News - 15/07/2010 - 06:02 AM


Workers at P & O Automotive and General Stevedoring wharves around Australia will return to work today after a 24 hour stoppage following the death of a worker at Port Melbourne.

2UE (Sydney)
06:00 News -
Wharf workers across Aust are on strike at P&O wharves in memory of a colleague who died in Melbourne, the third fatality by a wharfie in five months.

4KQ (Brisbane)
06:00 News - 15/07/2010 - 06:01 AM
Wharfies
are on strike today following the death of a worker in Melbourne.

ABC Newcastle (Newcastle)
06:00 News - 15/07/2010

Fifty Waterside workers of the Kooragang Island P & O Automotive and General Stevedoring site walked off the job at midday yesterday in support of a nationwide 24 hour strike. This comes after the death of a 41 yr man in Melbourne who was crushed during pick up and delivery operations at a dock. According to Jim Boyle,

ABC 774 Melbourne (Melbourne)


The Maritime Workers Union warns of further industrial action if working conditions do not improve on Australian wharves.

2GO FM (Gosford)
06:00 News - 15/07/2010 - 06:01 AM
Newsreader
Station Ph: 02 4324 2400

Many wharfs around Australia have ground to a halt with workers walking off the job for 24 hours.

Triple M (Sydney)
06:00 News - 15/07/2010 -
Wharves around Australia have halted work for 24 hours today, following the death of a wharfie in Melbourne who was killed yesterday.

3AW (Melbourne)
06:00 News - 15/07/2010
The Maritime Union has again called for national safety laws, in the wake of the death of a waterside worker.

KO FM (Newcastle)
06:00 News - 15/07/2010
Wharfies
have launched a 24 hour strike following the death of a worker in Melbourne.

Melbourne Talk Radio (Melbourne)
06:00 News - 15/07/2010

The Maritime Union is calling for national regulation, saying the industry safety record is appalling.

2GB (Sydney)
05:30 News - 15/07/2010
Maritime Union
Wharfies will continue their strike action, over a colleagues death on the job

Channel 7 (National Australia)
Early News - 15/07/2010 - 05:31 AM

Workers at P&O Docks around Australia are striking, after a colleague, was killed yesterday in a workplace accident.

ABC 702 Sydney (Sydney)
22:00 News - 14/07/2010 - 10:01 PM
Workers have walked off the job at P&O wharf sites in Newcastle and Wollongong in support of a nationwide strike following the death of worker in Melbourne today. The workers want a national standardised code of practice.

ABC 612 Brisbane (Brisbane)
22:00 News - 14/07/2010 - 10:00 PM
The Maritime Workers Union says more workers will die unless safety standards are improved. workers deserve a safe working environment.
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2GB (Sydney)
21:00 News - 14/07/2010 - 09:00 PM
Fifteen ports have shut down across Aust after a 40-year-old man was killed at a Melbourne dock this morning

 

ABC 774 Melbourne (Melbourne)
20:00 News - 14/07/2010 - 08:02 PM

Work has stopped on wharves around Australia after the death of a man at a Melbourne dock today and a stop work notice by the Maritime Union of Australia.

 

ABC 612 Brisbane (Brisbane)

The Maritime Workers Union says hundreds of workers have walked off the job at two Brisbane wharfs to protest against unsafe working

Seven News - 14/07/2010 - 06:00 PM

The death of a 41yo wharf worker in Melbourne has sparked a 24 hour shutdown of P&O docks by the Maritime Union of Australia. This is the third death on Australian wharves in three months.

ABC NewsRadio (National Australia)
Drive - 14/07/2010 - 04:55 PM

Paddy Crumlin explains that the man died after contracted lifting gear malfunctioned, and that deaths on the wharfs are a worrying trend forunions as there should be no deaths with proper guidelines and risk management. Crumlin says POAGS has the worst record in an industry with an appalling record. Crumlin says they want to talk to the company, the State jurisdiction and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.Crumlin says there are issues with too little training, casualisation and other short cuts.

6PR (Perth)
15:00 News - 14/07/2010
The death of a Melbourne wharf worker has sparked a strike by wharf workers nationwide.

6PR (Perth)

Australian wharf workers have walked off the job in response to the five death in the past four months. Chris Cain, Spokesman, Maritime Union of WA, says they are calling for the Fed Govt to implement national safety standards.

"National interest doesn't seem to rate the importance of their lives. It's a disgrace".

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