Dock workers at the DP World container terminal in Port Botany, Sydney, have declared their support for the campaign to defend victimised trade unionist Bob Carnegie.
Members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) passed a resolution supporting the campaign across three shifts of workers on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 January. The MUA’s all-Sydney branch had previously backed the campaign in October 2012.
Clive Tillman, a call centre worker and activist in Australia Asia Worker Links, also wrote to Bob to express his personal support, saying: “It is absolutely disgusting that in this country workers can face criminal charges and possible jail for industrial action. Make no mistake, you are being targeted because you are doing something that everyone else should be doing: i.e. standing up to the hitherto unchallenged power of the corporate robber barons that trample on workers rights. You are being targeted for political reasons.
“I support you fully and you serve as an excellent example for workers in Australia and around the world to follow.”
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