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Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Page: 4960


Senator CAMERON (New South Wales) (15:56): I, and also on behalf of Senator Rhiannon, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the termination by Hutchison Ports Australia of 97 of its employees by notice given in text messages and emails sent late at night on Thursday, 6 August 2015;

(b) affirms that the method of giving notice of termination of its employees by Hutchison Ports Australia was callous and disrespectful to its employees, and has no place in any workplace; and

(c) having regard to the potential disruption to Australia's ports the dispute may cause, calls on the parties to the dispute to respect pre-dispute employment arrangements and to commence co-operative negotiations to resolve the dispute as soon as possible.