IEU Organisers joined a show of support for sacked dockworkers at a community assembly at Hutchison Ports Botany Bay terminal.
At the IEU’s Council meeting, the following motion was passed:
“We the Council, Officers and elected officials of the NSW ACT IEU express and convey our support to 97 members of the MUA who were sacked in such a disrespectful way by text and email.
“We commend the members of the MUA, their families, the union movement and Unions NSW for their spirit and strength on the picket line at Port Botany.
“As proud trade unionists we pass on our support to members of the MUA, their leadership and union affiliates in their current struggle. We congratulate the MUA for their win in the Federal Court and hope for future wins in the Fair Work Commission.
“We know that if Hutchison was allowed to act in this way without repercussion their behaviour would spread to other employers, including employers in the independent education sector. We thank you for your stand. Touch one, touch all.”
A collection at Council raised $1000 in support of MUA workers.