Rio Tinto subsidiary ‘belligerent’: MUA

THE maritime union has accused the owners of a Newcastle coal terminal of “continued belligerence” amid an ongoing industrial dispute at the facility.

More than 200 employees of Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) attended a four-hour mass rally in Newcastle on Wednesday where they unanimously voted for a two-week campaign of protected action.

The action will include eight, 12 and 24-hour stoppages as well as bans on overtime and working outside classifications, the unions representing them said in a joint statement.

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) says PWCS is trying to remove limits on the use of contractors and give employees less say over work hours and shifts.

In a statement on Thursday, the MUA said it was determined to resolve the dispute.

“The message we received from the members is one of great disappointment about the company’s continued belligerence and attacks on their job security,” MUA Newcastle Branch Secretary, Glen Williams, said.

Mr Williams said the union was considering all its legal options.

Mining giant Rio Tinto, through its subsidiary Coal and Allied, is a shareholder in PWCS.

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