Words by: Jon Davidson
Image credit: Steve Doig Photography
Presenters on 6PR news have announced that tonight’s upcoming budget will put the Fremantle Ports up for Privatisation.
The Fremantle Port, which is 150 years old, was promised protection from privatisation by Premier Colin Barnett in 2012 according to this article from 9news.
Spokespersons for the Maritime Union of Australia expressed intense rejection of the allocated plans to privatise.
Privatisation of the public sector is a growing issue in Australia, brought into the public spotlight by recent projects such as suggesting the privatisation of the Perth Underground Rail project, and the privatisation of non-clinical services at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
The source of information on the privatisation of Fremantle Ports was not attributed in the 6PR report but plans to privatise the ports have been protested since 2012.
This press release from the MUA reveals more information, including the fact that up to 300 jobs face uncertainties.