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Issue #1697      August 12, 2015

CPA statement on the Hutchison Ports dispute

The Communist Party of Australia stands with the workers dismissed by Hutchison Ports as they defend their jobs and their basic human dignity against the attacks of a particularly unprincipled employer.

We respect greatly the spirit of resistance and sacrifice demonstrated by the workers at pickets in Sydney and Brisbane. The callous and disingenuous nature of the dismissals and are a symptom of the toxic environment created by the Abbott government; its encouragement to employers to drive wages and conditions down by any means possible. As it stands, workers are outsiders in plans for change that would impact their lives and the lives of their families.

The support from the community for the sacked workers is a striking feature of the current dispute. This unity between workers organised in their unions and the rest of the community is an example for all as we head deeper into this period of heightened confrontation by employers and the federal government. We must learn the lessons of the past and defeat the attempts of the bosses and their loyal government to divide us.

MUA here to stay! The workers united will never be defeated!

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