Maritime union campaign briefs

May 13, 1998

MUA alleges sabotage

BRISBANE — Waterside workers who triumphantly returned to work at Patrick's wharves at Hamilton and Fisherman Island on May 8 have alleged that the non-union work force damaged facilities, including the boom of a crane.

Wharfies said lockers were broken into and Maritime Union members' belongings removed. One MUA member told Green Left that the canteen at Fisherman Island had been trashed by the security guards, who used it as a feeding shed for their dogs.

Meanwhile, the National Farmers Federation has warned it still intends to set up a non-union stevedoring operation in Brisbane in the future.

Tasmanian wharfies' jobs threatened

HOBART — Despite threats by Patrick Stevedores to close its Tasmanian operations, all employees at Burnie and Bell Bay returned to work on May 8.

MUA Burnie port secretary Mick Wickham told Green Left that his members loaded Discovery Bay, which sailed on May 8, and the Libra Australia, which sailed on May 9.

Patrick spokesperson David Reid was quoted in the local media as saying that after those ships were loaded, Patrick's Tasmanian operations would cease.

Wickham told Green Left that in discussions with the administrators of the "bankrupt" labour hire firms, he was assured that Patrick did not have the authority to do that and the Tasmanian operations would remain open for business with all MUA members re-employed.

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