Hutchison taken to court over Australian redundancies

Hutchison taken to court over Australian redundancies

The standoff between Hutchison Ports Australia and a number of sacked dockworkers is heading to court. Last week the terminal operator made 97 employees at its two ports redundant, a move that has sparked six days of protests. Now the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has filed Federal Court documents today seeking an injunction and damages for the sacked workers.

“They (Hutchison) think they can just come around and bust unions and walk all over the rights of working people in this country,” MUA Queensland secretary Bob Carnegie said.

Blockades remain in place in front of Hutchison’s two terminals despite authorities saying they are illegal. Some ships have had to transfer to alternative terminals as Hutchison’s facilities are barely working due to the industrial dispute.

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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