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Issue #1847      November 7, 2018

NRMA and Manly Fast Ferry

Since 2015 Manly Fast Ferry management have deliberately forced their workers to accept below minimum conditions and robbed them of their rightful pay rates.

Earlier this year NRMA became the owner of the Manly Fast Ferry. This was the perfect opportunity for the NRMA to turn a new leaf, and right past wrongs.

Sadly, the NRMA decided to continue with the previous unfair and unjust system. All entreaties to the management of the company were turned down with scarcely a backward look. This was too much for the MUA – the legendary union for Maritime workers to take so a rally was called to picket the NRMA AGM on Friday November 2.

The upmarket Novotel Hotel at the Olympic Park was the site of the AGM for the shareholders of NRMA to attend in pleasant surroundings while they paid their workers “peanuts!” said MUA’s Paul McAleer. How can they meet in such surroundings “because they rob their workers’ wages!”.

Coming so soon after the “Change the Rules” rallies around the country it brought home to all those around just how bad the system is weighted towards the Corporations and against the workers.

NSW Police arrived in force and had equal numbers to the demonstrators. Members of the black shirted TRG were present all to protect the NRMA shareholders from hearing of the complaints of their workers. The MUA leadership was able to stare down the police with the help of the assembled workers and supporters.

This was a militant first step in righting the wrongs imposed on Ferry workers in our glorious harbour.

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