The Courier-Mail

Wharfies defy Fair Work order

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THE Hutchison Ports protests will continue for a sixth day today as workers gather at the Port of Brisbane, in defiance of a recommenda­tion by the Fair Work Commission to cease industrial action.

The protesters, many of whom slept on the cargo berth overnight, were adamant they would continue to support the 41 Brisbane wharfies made redundant by text last week.

After being issued a challenge to visit the protest site, Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said the dispute was a matter for the company, the affected workers and the Fair Work Commission.

“The bigger issue for the LNP is, do we believe the company handled this in the most compassion­ate and respectful way? No, they didn’t,” Mr Springborg said. “I don’t think many Queensland­ers would argue that sacking people by text is a fair way to do things.”

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