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Port of Newcastle response regarding MUA actions

The statement below is attributable to a Port of Newcastle spokesperson:

“Port of Newcastle is investing in a $35 million state-of-the-art ship unloader that incorporates the latest safety and environmental compliance features and will deliver efficiencies for customers.

“This level of infrastructure investment has not been seen before at Port of Newcastle since privatisation.

“Stevedore employees experience a high degree of casualisation. Port of Newcastle is interested in creating a number of full-time positions for wharf and crane operators that would provide workers with greater job security and the education and training required to support the operation of the new ship unloader.

“Port of Newcastle has initiated discussions with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) regarding the project. While the parties have met on three occasions to discuss the project, these discussions are at a very early stage.

“Port of Newcastle does not currently have an Enterprise Agreement with the MUA for wharf operations.”

Port of Newcastle is a major Australian trade gateway handling 4,600 ship movements and 166 million tonnes of cargo each year. With its annual trade worth more than $29 billion to the New South Wales economy, the Port enables businesses across the state to successfully compete in international markets. With a deepwater shipping channel operating at 50% of its capacity, significant port land available and enviable access to national rail and road infrastructure, Port of Newcastle is positioned to further underpin the prosperity of the Hunter, NSW and Australia. As custodians of the region’s critical asset, Port of Newcastle is diversifying its trade as it strives to create a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible Port that realises its potential.
Source: Port of Newcastle

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