TWU Port Waratah Coal Services workers to Strike

Release date: 28/05/2013

More than 200 Port Waratah Coal Services workers will strike for 24 hours from noon on Wednesday, 29 May 2013.

Transport Workers Union branch secretary Mick Forbes said talks yesterday from 8.30am to 2pm failed to avoid the latest in a series of stoppages over pay and conditions.

Mr Forbes said Tuesday's negotiations revolved around the use of contractors and dispute-settling procedures.

The 24-hour strike follows earlier four-hour and eight-hour stoppages at the two PWCS loaders at Carrington and Kooragang Island.

A spokesman for PWCS said "the usual contingency arrangements would be put in place".

"We believe we should be able to minimise disruption to the coal chain,’’ the company spokesman said.

Meanwhile, a rally will be held outside the Forgacs shipyard at Carrington today as part of a natioanl union campaign to have Australian defence vessels built domestically.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union state secretary Tim Ayres said the Navy would need $250billion worth of new ships and submarines in the next 30years and Australia had the skill to build them.

The rally starts at 11.30am.

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