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Hutchison to cut 40% of its Australian staff

Local media in Australia is reporting Hong Kong’s Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) is cutting more than 40% of its staff Down Under. HPH is understood to be exasperated at the power and influence of the Maritime Union of Australia. 96 people out of its 222-strong workforce at Port Botany and Brisbane will be made redundant, the Australian Financial Review claimed, citing a memo it had obtained.

Warren Smith, the MUA’s assistant national secretary, blasted HPH’s plans, claiming the operator was looking to weed out union “troublemakers”, ranking employees “like animals at a fair”, with union delegates targeted for redundancy.

In a bulletin to members, the union vowed to fight “as vigorously and for as long as it takes to ensure union-busting plans for workers and negotiated outcomes around automation are met.”

HPH declined to comment on the plans.

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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