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To all Affiliates organising Dockers’
ITF E-Circular No. 166/D/2018
Our ref: D/PC/lm
21 August 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Last week at Parliament House, Canberra, the ITF launched a report exposing the real ICTSI:
- A company whose business model is built off exploiting workers and their families;
- A company who deliberately prioritises working in countries where human and labour rights are at their most vulnerable; and
- A company that partners with corrupt, anti-democratic dictatorships.
The ITF, MUA – alongside Senator Glenn Sterle, the new National Executive of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union and the ACTU – called for the contract won by ICTSI in 2014 to operate the third container terminal at the Port of Melbourne to be investigated by both the Australian Federal Government and Victorian State Government.
ICTSI’s appalling record shows complete disregard for workers’ dignity, safety and fundamental labour and human rights all over the world. From day one, ICTSI imported its aggressive anti-worker business model that they have run out all over the world, to Australia.
This is a company unafraid to partner regimes – including Sudan, Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo – implicated in crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. Regimes that attack the basis of our own union principles, the right to free speech and protest without fear of oppression.
It is a fact that at the time the VICT contract was awarded in Australia, ICTSI was in business with the Government of Sudan while subject to both UN and US sanctions. The President of Sudan is still wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and genocide.
We need serious questions answered about the then Liberal Victorian Government’s due diligence processes when it awarded the contract to ICTSI.
There are also serious concerns over what consideration was given to handing over critical economic infrastructure to a company with a long history of dealing with some of the worst and most dangerous governments in the world, and the subsequent threats to security standards at the port.
Please click here to sign the petition calling for Australian authorities to investigate how a company with this record was ever considered eligible, let alone selected, to operate the Webb Dock terminal in Melbourne.
The ITF also launched the ICTSI Exposed website documenting case after case of ICTSI’s atrocious global behaviour.
If you want more information or have any questions contact Luke Menzies at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your support comrades.
ITF Dockers’ Section Chair
MUA National Secretary