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Alexander Spirit: strong show of support for crew as it sets sail
THE ALEXANDER Spirit left Devonport this morning. The tanker has been docked since the start of June, with the 36 workers expecting to lose their jobs once they arrive in Singapore.
Last night the Devonport community, which so strongly supported these workers held a barbecue to farewell the crew.
It’s been a difficult time for these 36 workers, with five crew members reported to be on stress leave earlier this week, leaving the tanker without enough people to leave the dock.
This morning Australian Maritime Union Jason Campbell said: “there’s 36 Australian seafarers that will no longer have a job in our industry, that’s another 36 guys that will virtually join dole queues”.
It comes after a barbecue in Devonport on the weekend showed support for the embattled crew, with several hundred attending the family event to show solidarity. Thanks to any Members who showed up on the day.
The union of these workers, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is holding interstate rallies to stand with these crew Members. On Monday other unions joined the MUA at the Kurnell refinery in New South Wales, to tell Caltex treating workers this way was far from acceptable.