While the multi-billion dollar offshore industry provides professional divers union coverage, top pay and safety conditions, onshore diving and recreational diving are another story. In the ocean depths divers work among sharks every day. But for many it's not the finned variety that they need to look out for in this dark & dangerous world where some of the worst employers lurk. The MUA covers hundreds of professional divers working on construction sites on the shores of our capital cities, in fish farms, on the Great Barrier Reef dive tours and below offshore oil and gas facilities in the Timor Sea, Northwest Shelf and Bass Strait.
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.READ MORE
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is calling for better regulation of the pearl diving industry after Paspaley Pearling Company was today issued with criminal charges over the death of pearl diver Jarrod Hampton off the Kimberley coast of Western Australia in 2012.READ MORE
Assistant National Secretary Ian Bray is circulating the following information for Divers to assist with the information contained in the new draft of a new Standard prepared by the Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand Committee SF-017, Occupational Diving, to supersede AS/NZS 2299.1:2007., and to indicate matters that impact the diving membership, and highlight some of the areas that may be of importance when forming your view for public comment in the draft. The draft can be read here.READ MORE