20 Jul 2015

Crew Rebel Against Globalisation Destroying Their Jobs

The Alexander Spirit has been stuck in Devonport since July 1 after the crew refused to sail the vessel to Singapore to be sacked, and replaced by a foreign crew.

From the Examiner
"The 36 Australian workers employed on the tanker started industrial action after they were advised by employer Caltex they would be sacked and replaced with a foreign crew for a new international fuel transport route upon their arrival in Singapore. Five crew members have left the ship due to illness since it docked on July 1. The ship is scheduled to leave Devonport early Monday morning."
The fact is Caltex and Shell are closing all oil refining capacity in Australia and moving it to Asia. Why should these maritime workers play Caltex's game? This is most likely caused by the Abbott government's free trade agreements removing tariffs on imported fuel, just like Abbott shut-down the entire Australian auto manufacturing industry.

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