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Issue #1698      August 19, 2015

Port of Brisbane fight against Hutchinson

Members of the CPA Brisbane Branch went to the port of Brisbane to attend the blockade with the MUA, CFMEU, RBTU, ETU and other unions in their protest against Hutchinson Ports Holdings who laid off workers by email and text in a sustained union-busting attack. The waterfront workers have been in high spirits for the last ten days, demanding that they be reinstated and be paid their full entitlements despite the terrible weather and threats from authorities.

Members of the CPA Brisbane Branch went to the port of Brisbane to attend the blockade.

Uncle Bob Anderson, Aboriginal elder of Quandamooka nation, did welcome to country to show solidarity with the trade unionists in their struggle. He is a well respected unionist and communist who has continued to show solidarity for many years.

The workers of various unions formed an honour guard in support of the two remaining dock workers who marched down to the encampment from the docks at knock-off time. Despite terrible storms with wind and hail there was a BBQ and a family friendly atmosphere with children playing along to bands that performed songs of strength and solidarity.

The sacked workers have received letters and support from trade union organisations around the world including the USA, new Zealand, England, South Africa and Spain, as well as letters from other workers from ports around Australia. The unions will maintain their picket until the sacked workers are re-instated and their demands are met.

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