Qld unions call for support at MUA picket for port workers sacked by text

Unions are calling for picket line support today to help the Maritime Union send a message to a company that sacked 41 Brisbane port workers with a late-night text message.


Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said Hutchison Ports had treated their employees unfairly.

“This is an unacceptable and demeaning way to treat workers, who are just trying to make a living and put food on the table for their families,” she said.

“Unions will always stand up for a fair go for those in the community that are being treated unfairly.”

She called on members of other unions and community supporters to join the 24/7 picket at Berth 11 in Curlew Street, Fisherman Island, at the Port of Brisbane.

“We don’t think this is a fair way to treat people, and we know the wider community shares the same values,” Ms McLennan said.

MUA officials are currently in federal court proceedings seeking an injunction against the company.

More than 50 workers were also sacked by text from the company’s Port Botany operation in Sydney.

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