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Issue #1697      August 12, 2015

Come and support sacked wharfies

On the waterfront, workers sacked over night, security guards blocking worksite entry ... Is this 1998?

No, it’s 2015 and 100 workers were sacked by email at midnight last Thursday in a true sign of the disdain that Hutchison Ports shows to it’s workers. Get to Port Botany and lend your support to the Community Assembly as soon as you can, as often as you can and stay as long as you can. Unions and members of the community will be there day and night until we get a result. The assembly is on the corner Sirius Rd and Foreshore Rd – Port Botany.

Here’s some of the lines from the email that workers received:

“…your position will not be retained. There are no redeployment opportunities. The intended last day of your employment will be Friday 14 August 2015. I realise that this is a lot of information to take in. Accordingly you are will (sic) not be required to attend work effective immediately. We will of course pay you your normal salary to your last date of employment.”

Support the sacked workers at the Hutchison Terminal (Cnr Sirius Rd and Foreshore Rd – Port Botany)

There are guards on the gates and workers are not even allowed to clear their lockers.

We’ve already seen some great examples of union solidarity, with members of the community and unions joining the sacked workers in a community assembly outside Hutchison Ports, 24 hours a day, every day since workers received the email. We urge you to join us there and show your support for sacked workers. Come any time to the corner of Sirius Rd and Foreshore Rd, Port Botany.

Together, just like 1998, we will show them the power of a union and we will win.

Touch one; Touch all.

In union,

Emma Maiden
Assistant Secretary
Unions NSW

Next article – CPA statement on the Hutchison Ports dispute

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