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Australia: Asia Pacific unions form regional safety committee to improve operations safety of Hutchinson Ports

"Asia Pacific Labor Unions Collaborate on Safety Concerns," 08 November 2018

Labor unions representing workers across Hutchison Port’s terminal operations have...formed a regional safety committee to combat what they claim is the company’s poor safety record in the Asia Pacific. The unions involved include Serikat Pekerja – JICT in Indonesia, South Asia Port Terminal Democratic Worker’s Union in Pakistan and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).

“Wherever we are located, the value of our lives is the same, and Hutchison Ports must elevate their safety standards to the highest international standards,” said the MUA in a statement. The union says there has been too many fatalities and serious incidents at Hutchison operations...

Bob Carnegie, MUA Queensland Branch Secretary said “Hutchison Ports, the largest Port operator in the world, has perhaps the worst safety record and the most exploitative working model of all major terminal operators. It is a system which maximizes hours, minimizes breaks, creates fear and uncertainty amongst the workforce. The Queensland branch hopes this is the start of bringing dock workers in our region closer together under the most important banners of safety and solidarity.”

All three unions are currently bargaining agreements with Hutchison Ports to improve safety.