The Maritime Union of Australia fears Hay Point tugboat job losses.
The Maritime Union of Australia fears Hay Point tugboat job losses. Tony Martin

Union fears 25 Hay Point tugboat workers will lose jobs

MACKAY seafarers will meet tomorrow to address claims from The Maritime Union of Australia that about 25 Hay Point tugboat jobs are likely lost.

The union's state secretary Bob Carnegie said he did not believe tugboat operator Teekay, who had the tugboat contract for 10 years, would be awarded the contract again after it expired June 30.

He also believed three other union-affiliated tugboat companies had missed out, and the contract would go to a "union-busting" company in an effort to move away from union-based labour.

Mr Carnegie said this would force out experienced tugboat workers, some who had been in the industry 45 years.

The meeting will be at the QCU Building, Brisbane St at 1.30pm.

However the tugboat contract has not yet been finalised.

A BHP Billiton spokesman said BMA was running a competitive tender process for the services and expects to announce a decision on the outcome of the tender in the near future.


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