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Hutchison fires up a storm Down Under with redundancies

Hutchison Ports Australia has kicked off a storm of protests at its terminals Down Under by making around 100 workers redundant overnight.

Maritime Union Australia (MUA) reports about 100 workers nationwide received an email which informed them their position would not be retained and there were no redeployment opportunities. It’s believed about 56 were let go from Port Botany, and 40 from Brisbane.

The dismissed workers have declared they will fight the company over the job losses.

“Management said it has lost work, was becoming uncompetitive, but that is no excuse for getting rid of half of its workforce overnight,” an MUA spokesperson said.

The MUA said it has lodged an injunction in the Federal Court in an effort to halt the redundancy process.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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