Below is a letter of thanks from the MUA Sydney Branch to all those who offered their support and unity over the past two weeks.
Dear Comrades and Friends,
I write to advise of the MUA's victory in the dispute with Bass and Flinders Cruises, the operator of the Manly Fast Ferry
The daily community assembly at Circular Quay has proven to be an effective strategy that has resulted in the company meeting with the union and entering into a Heads after Agreement which has committed the parties to a Union Collective Agreement and addressed the serious attacks safety standards, workers wages and conditions arising from the company's initial introduction of a non-union Greenfields Agreement
On behalf of the Maritime Union of Australia I would like to thank the many friends and supporters who turned out in the struggle against Bass and Flinders attempts to drive down workers wages and conditions and introduce non-union operations into the commuter transport area of work on Sydney Harbour . The company's attack has been resoundingly defeated due to the determination and unity of union members and community supporters.
This has been a significant victory for not only the MUA but for all workers still struggling against employers who insist on using the WorkChoices laws to the end.
The MUA intends to use the momentum of this victory to address other non-union operations on the harbour particularly in the charter boat area of work.
Once again thank you for your contribution to this struggle and your support during this difficult period.
Yours in struggle,
Sydney Branch Secretary
Maritime Union of Australia
0400 368 945