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Abbott Government’s Foreign Worker Proposal a Fundamental Assault on Australian Workers

The Maritime Union of Australia has slammed the Abbott Government's proposal to allow employers to take on foreign workers on wages and conditions below Australian standards.

MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said the proposal, overseen by Assistant Immigration Minister Michaela Cash, was a structural assault on Australian workers and would be fought uncompromisingly by the MUA.

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MUA and ITF Applaud Banning of Flag of Convenience (FOC) Ship from Australian Ports

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) applauds the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s decision to ban the containership, Vega Auriga, from Australian ports for three months for repeated breaches of seafarer welfare and ship maintenance.
 
The Liberian flagged Vega Auriga was a serial offender when it came to safety and seafarer welfare and had been detained at Australian ports three times since July last year, according to AMSA.

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No Action on Offshore Safety Concerns Two Years on from Stena Clyde Deaths

Today marks two years since the deaths of two workers on the Stena Clyde oil rig in the Bass Strait off the coast of Victoria and still no action has been taken over long-standing safety concerns.

Unions are calling on the Federal Government to launch a review into the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA), which is responsible for the investigation into the deaths.

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Employers Say Preventing Injury and Death is too Expensive

The national safety regulator has shown it is at the behest of big business after downgrading safety regulations that had the potential to save lives and prevent injury at work.

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