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Issue #1880      August 7, 2019

Solidarity with MUA

Warren Smith
Divisional Assistant National Secretary
Maritime Union of Australia Division
Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union

Solidarity Message from the President, Communist Party of Australia

Dear Comrade,

I stand up in solidarity with the Maritime Union of Australia and its members at DP World container terminal ports in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle.aack on wharfies.

The 200 proposed compulsory redundancies planned by the DP World multinational can be mitigated if there is the will. The MUA have identified roster change, reduced hours and other measures to do so. The fact is that the DP World’s attack on its workers is yet another attempt to further deregulate the workplace and attack basic rights such as job security and conditions and to undermine collective bargaining.

MUA members have long been front and centre in the working-class struggle in Australia. I stand with your members in the current fight against the giant multinational tax dodger DP World and denounce their anti-worker plans and dishonest methods they employ to undermine workers’ rights.

I denounce the obscene levels of profit DP World has stolen from the productivity generated by the hard work of the wharfies and the rejection of DP World to pay the 3 percent being asked for by those workers. It is in stark contrast to the enormous profit margin of almost 50 percent.

I condemn the attacks and call on all Party members and workers to get behind the campaign of wharfies for justice, job security and the right to work.

Communists in government would repeal all the anti-worker, anti-union legislation. We would strengthen workers’ power in the workplace and legislate the right to strike, industry bargaining and enforce all other ILO Conventions that Australia is a signatory to.

In working class solidarity,

Vinnie MolinaCPA National President

On the right, Maritime Union of Australia assistant national secretary Warren Smith.

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