Union wants ports shake-up
The Maritime Union of Australia has called on the State Government to disband Southern Ports, claiming many workers had suffered under the new regime.
The MUA met with workers at Albany Port last week to discuss the future make-up of the Southern Ports, which included the amalgamation of Albany, Esperance and Bunbury under the previous State Government into one entity in October 2014.
The current State Government announced it would review the amalgamation.
MUA Assistant Branch Secretary Jeff Cassar said he holds a strong view that the amalgamation should be disbanded.
“It means that regional ports will be once again managed by people who live within the local community, have a basic understanding of community needs, and have a genuine motivation to administer each of these ports for the benefit of the local community and the State,” he said.
“That will be a happy day indeed; too many people have already suffered enough at the hands of the current regime.
“Hard-working people have lost their jobs, and people who have carried themselves with dignity have had their credibility dragged through the mud.”
Mr Cassar said the MUA are referring members employed throughout the Southern Ports to lawyers on a scale that he has never experienced before in his working life.
“I have very serious concerns that someone is going to injure themselves on the job as the result of the distraction or, worse still, harm themselves due to the high levels of stress and anxiety,” he said. “I have members who have been employed at the Port for years who are now literally awaiting the outcome of the review to determine whether they will continue their employment at Albany Port or walk away from the job in the interests of their health and wellbeing.”
The review is expected to be completed by the end of the year, chaired by Member for Agriculture Region Laurie Graham.
Loading a grain ship Albany terminal.