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 PM Morrison—get off your tardy arse today—40 + ships await!

28.09.20.  As reported by Morning Mail yesterday, The Daily Telegraph today has seen the importance to the Australian economy as it now buckles under the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. In 1998 the MUA strangled the nation’s maritime commerce and was locked out by the Howard government under Peter Reith and the wharfies were sacked. Although the matter was subsequently declared illegal in the Courts, business was resumed. However, our do-bugger-all PM Morrison knows about this current threat to the nation’s economy and his input appears limited to mere words rather than decisive action with this: “The MUA is holding the country to ransom with extortionate claims which has seen ships backed up, out at sea, trying to bring things into our country when we are in a COVID recession.” Send in the bloody Army—try to be a leader for once!
Critical medicines are blocked from entering Australia as the supply chain becomes collateral damage in a union dispute at a Sydney port, causing drug shortages and delays. Critical medicine shipments are unable to reach Australia, sparking drug shortages and delays because unions are holding the country to “ransom” over a wharfie pay dispute.

Source: Clare Armstrong, The Daily Telegraph

Union dispute: Australia’s medicine supply chain threatened by union activity at Port Botany

Imports of common cholesterol and cancer medication, and other PBS-listed items for arthritis, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, have been delayed by “go-slow” tactics deployed by the Maritime Union Association (MUA) under protected industrial action at the Patrick Terminal in Port Botany in Sydney.
At least 40 ships are waiting to unload off the coast of NSW, as the MUA seeks a 6 per cent annual salary increase for wharfies for the next four years.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has advised the federal government drug companies are concerned extended industrial action will disrupt medical supplies.
In an issues brief, the TGA confirmed Pfizer, Sanofi, Novartis/Sandoz and Amgen were “closely” monitoring the situation and would try to “mitigate” any shortages using airfreight “where possible”.
“(Delays) could result in medicine shortages, but also affect the quality of goods held in containers on the waterfront, particularly those with low-temperature storage requirements,” the TGA warned.
Pharmacy Guild Australia senior vice-president Trent Twomey (pictured) said the union activity was already causing shortages in cholesterol and cancer medications.
“We now have drug shortages, and if I find we have drug outages, and that results in deaths, I will be putting those at the feet of the MUA,” he said.
Mr Twomey said the MUA was fuelling a “national security issue” by threatening the integrity of medicine supply chains in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Containers filled with major medicines are floating just off shore and even if companies have to divert to air, rail and road, that pushes the cost of freight up and ultimately that gets passed on to the consumer,” he said.
A Patrick Terminal spokesman said the company was “bewildered” by the industrial action, as the average permanent employee was paid about $155,000 a year.
MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin previously blamed the situation on port mismanagement, including IT issues and recent closures for construction. “None of these substantial interruptions to operations were the result of actions by wharfies or the MUA,” he said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “The MUA is holding the country to ransom with extortionate claims which has seen ships backed up, out at sea, trying to bring things into our country when we are in a COVID recession.”
Medicines Australia said medicines requiring refrigeration could be damaged.

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Cliff 28/09/2020, 5:56 am

    Whatever the issue, the constant is Scott Morrison’s lack of leadership in dealing with it. Less Malcolm and Marketing and more mongrel, please Scottie. If that’s in you.

  • Graham Richards 28/09/2020, 6:25 am

    This is so typical of the low life unions. Wait until the country is in crisis and that’s the right time to pick a fight to do further damage.
    You can’t get much lower than pure snake shit. Just remember these are the organisations that back the Labor/ Green coalition, the likes of Shorten, Albanese & those financial wizards like Swan & Bowen!!
    What can one say about their supporters, the electorate!

  • Disgruntled 28/09/2020, 6:25 am

    C’mon Scomo, get going! Now is the best chance ever re. timing that you will ever have to get up and grow some and FFS at least, at least bloody talk tough. We are in a pandemic emergency so the general public (well most of them should) will support you.

    You know, the old saying is; when the going gets tough the tough get going!!!!! What is holding you back??????

    Yer just like the “butchers dog” !!! and we all (well most of us) know what that means.

  • Fedup 28/09/2020, 6:38 am

    Morrison is just keeping the seat warm until the next do nothing PM gets in the chair, he is the invisible man.

  • Pensioner Pete 28/09/2020, 6:41 am

    Time for ScoMo to step down and allow someone with a set, to take the reins, as the horse is not moving. The health and well-being of pensioners and those in need of critical medications is compromised, yet ScoMo is idle.

  • Honeybadger 28/09/2020, 6:42 am

    Morrison is missing in action on many fronts. Not only the serious wharfie issue but the proposed Bill turning Victoria into a fully fledged police state. Too lily livered to criticise his little mate Dan, you’d think they belonged to the same party. The silence is deafening from Mr Jovial, the happy clapper.

  • Penguinite 28/09/2020, 7:39 am

    Scomo’s problem is more to do with his “wet” colleagues! I feel certain he’d be digging coal mines and building dams if it wasn’t for the Greenies in his saddle bags and Turnbull lurking in the shadows ready to pounce.

    • Disgruntled 28/09/2020, 11:24 am

      One would think that now would be as good a time as any for Scomo to call out good and proper his waterlogged colleagues and start looking after us and his “dry” colleagues.

      As for the Green? mob; I heard about Bandt’s interview and looked it up and hey; what a piece of work that foolish storyteller really is; Anyone that believes in his drivel surely must not only believe in fairies in the garden but also must see multi-coloured elephants there with them as well and the really sad thing is that there are people who do believe that rot. The country just cannot afford his dreams and bugger me,,Scomo should go all out and tell it for what it is!!! Be a man and not a mouse.

      As for Turnballey; give him the same treatment and do not bother with what the watery L I N O’s think or will say. It appears there is far too much “water” in the Libs and wait too long and it will become mostly “waterlogged”.

      What I’m trying to convey is Scomo, stop trying to be everyones best mate and get firm and tough; the country needs that!!

  • Lorraine 28/09/2020, 7:46 am

    Unions again , Is there ever been a time that they have not messed with Australia.

  • crankykoala 28/09/2020, 8:29 am

    So, considering what Scomo said, why was he not asked:- “Well, what the bloody hell are you going to do about it”. I would like to hear Peter Dutton’s take on this situation.

  • Aktosplatz 28/09/2020, 8:34 am

    A good Prime Minister would see this strike as an “opportunity” to show his worth.

    A bad one would dive for cover.

  • luk1955 28/09/2020, 8:38 am

    I see the important question has not been asked so here it is:
    If the medicines are so critical and have short shelf lives, why are the meds not coming in by airplane?
    That would be cheaper, quicker, less likely to be lost at sea, and bypass the wharfies acting up.

    • Pensioner Pete 28/09/2020, 8:57 am

      luk: What is missing within the whole equation is something called ‘common sense’. This ingredient is conspicuous by its absence, within government thinking from top to bottom.

    • J D 28/09/2020, 5:02 pm

      Cholesterol lowering drugs are arguably not necessary given the chance to get off them. But many patients are not told that cholesterol is not unsafe in the human body, given that we manufacture it ourselves. Indeed it can be protective. A high low density lipoprotein (ldl) on the other hand is a reading that can be lowered with a real food diet and good excercise. If the high density fluffy lipoproteins (hdl) are high then that should tell us that we are being protected by naturally occurring cholesterol. In the long run a low carb, adequate protein, high saturated fat (eliminating trans fats) diet should maintain a healthy cholesterol that is protective and life affirming.
      Mercola, Dr Joseph. Fat For Fuel. Hay House Inc. Sydney, (2017).

  • Walahwalah Bishbin 28/09/2020, 10:03 am

    So you think the wharfie issue is unplanned & unlinked to Victoria lockdown? Its a pre-planned distraction timed to be at same moment as the propaganda blitz telling you its all sunshine and lollipops back in Vic now.
    Its not.
    The COVID-Con Omnibus bill is still before the Vic Legislative Council who just need Australia to look the other way so they can slip it through.
    Then its over.
    Then its coming for you in your State.
    Eyes on the ball peeps.

  • nev 28/09/2020, 11:28 am

    There are a few absolute certainties Australians can count on. As reliable as day follows night.
    The treasonous unions still control the nation like the mafia controlled the big cities of America. As they came to the aid of our mortal enemies in war and assisted the slaughter of our soldiers and hastened the death of our POWs over 70 years ago they continue with the same spite and treason to this day.
    On the other hand there has never been a Leader with the courage to bring them to justice, never lone bring it to an end. By the same token I don’t ever recall the nation rising up with rage and demanding action and justice for their crimes.
    Every fire season our land, homes and infrastructure are ravaged by fire at the cost of hundreds of lives, billions of $s and then more billions in vain attempts to “fight” them.
    We know the answers, we know what to do, the solutions are proven. Yet we follow a plan of failure year after year, hoping for a different outcome.
    We suffer regular terrible droughts, a massive shortage of energy, irrigation and flood mitigation despite the blessing of world’s largest energy reserves as we watch listlessly as oceans of fresh rain water suck up our top soil and pour it uselessly into the sea.
    In response we fiddle in crime, steeling water from our farmers so speculators can prosper and some swamp can be sustained as we fervently pray for more rain.
    We suffer through a manmade pandemic that has needlessly bankrupted the nation and inflicted death and hardship at the hands of dictators backed by the medical arm of the pharmaceutical industry.
    We can look around at countless countries with far more formidable challenges than ours but with common sense use of ultra-cheap drugs to control the ravages of covid 19.
    Keeping schools open their nations (or communities in some cases) ticking along with few restrictions and economies intact while safely achieving herd immunity.
    On the other hand Australia chose to listen to the pharmaceutical medical industry, even as it was proven their every trial of the HCQ regimen was set up to fail, once respected medical journals forced to retract their lies. The truth was always easy to get to but once again our governments were found wanting.
    We know the State system doesn’t work unless we have a strong Federal government to bring a united effort to solve this terrible national malaise. We will continue to weaken until a dictator takes the helm.
    We call out Morrison for his exceptional faults and weaknesses as a leader.
    But Morrison is not exceptional he is simply a run of the mill PM like all the rest.
    Tony Abbott could have been exceptional, that’s why the media assisted in his removal.

  • Red 28/09/2020, 1:59 pm

    Why are union dues still tax deductible?

    It is millions +++ to state unions then through fees paid from State to Federal Unions they donate to Labor.

    No one in their right mind should allow this to continue.

  • Julie Wayth 29/09/2020, 11:07 am

    Well if they are on a go slow and their production rate has dropped to, let’s say, 50%, then pay them 50% of their pay. They know if they fully strike they get nothing. Bring them in day after day and give them 3 verbal and then 3 written warnings about their productivity and then sack the lot of them and replace with people who would love to be employed during these Covid times and have lost their jobs due to no fault of their own.

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