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Issue #1704      September 30, 2015

Show your solidarity with sacked workers

At the stroke of midnight on August 5-6, international ports operator, Hutchinson Ports Holdings, sacked 40 percent of its workforce in one go. Workers at its Port Botany (Sydney) and Brisbane terminals were notified by email not to return to work (see Guardian August 19, 2015, #1698).

Visit to picket: CPA national president Vinnie Molina, MUA Sydney secretary Paul McAleer, Guardian journalist Anna Pha and Sandra Berger.

Workers weren’t even allowed to pack up their personal belongings, instead being told the content of their lockers would be dumped in a box and couriered to their homes.

And it didn’t stop there; the then Minister for Employment Eric Abetz added fuel to the fire by endorsing the company’s behaviour by saying it was “appropriate” for workers to be dismissed by text message or email.

The Abbott government was anti-worker and the Turnbull government will be no different. Justice for the Hutchinson workers can only be won through struggle.

Show your support for the Hutchinson workers by signing on the MUA website or if you can by visiting the community picket.

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