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Vale Bob Hawke

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The Maritime Union of Australia wishes to record our sympathies and condolences to Bob Hawke’s family on their loss. He was a loyal respected and consistently determined friend and comrade of Australian Seafarers, Waterside Workers and Port and harbour workers.

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Position Vacant: Industrial Legal Officer – Sydney National Office

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  • Work Type: Full-time
  • Location: Sydney

The Maritime Union of Australia Division (MUA) of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) is seeking an experienced legal practitioner to provide legal and strategic industrial advice and representation to the Officials and Members of the MUA. Located in the MUA’s National Office in Sydney, the position reports to the Division’s National Legal Director and works closely in a collaborative manner with the Divisional National Legal Team.

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Day of Action to Save Australian Shipping: International transport workers hold rallies around the globe to support Aussie seafarers

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Thousands of international transport workers and their unions will take part in rallies outside Australian embassies and consulates around the world today, as part of a global day of action to support Aussie seafarers and demand a strong future for Australia’s domestic shipping industry.

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Discovery of freighter sunk by submarine during WWII a sobering reminder of significant sacrifice made by Australian merchant seafarers

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The discovery of the wreck of the BHP owned and operated SS Iron Crown, 77 years after it was sunk by a Japanese submarine attack, is a sobering reminder of the one in eight Australian merchant seafarers who sacrificed their lives during the second world war to maintain vital supplies of goods and materials for the war effort.

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Safety Code Rejection Angers Dock Union

Dock workers have launched a fierce attack on industry bosses for trashing a proposed safety code just eight days after an employee was crushed to death on Melbourne's wharves.

Toll Shipping worker Anthony Attard, 42, was helping load cargo on board a vessel docked at the Port of Melbourne on May 20, when he was run over by a trailer. Paramedics rushed to the waterfront but could not revive him.


ACTU: Every Worker Must Be Able To Go To Work And Return Home Safely

The tragic death of a waterside worker at the toll shipping facility in Melbourne yesterday and of a miner at the Boggabri coal mine in NSW this morning is yet another reminder that workplace safety is a life and death matter.

 ACTU assistant secretary Michael Borowick passed on the condolences of the union movement to the family of Anthony Attard and the mining community in Boggabri as well as the MUA and the CFMEU.

NRMA Ferry Skippers to Strike again this Wednesday

Following on from the historic industrial action by NRMA ferry masters (skippers) in the My Fast Ferry and Manly Fast Ferry business units on 6 March 2019, workers have again called further industrial action on the iconic Sydney Harbour in their pursuit of stable employment with a dignified rate of pay.


Cairns: Maritime workers rally ahead of parliamentary shipping inquiry

Maritime workers will rally outside the Pullman Cairns International hotel tomorrow morning, urging immediate and decisive action from the Queensland Government to deliver a boost to local jobs, the economy, and the environment by supporting an enhanced coastal shipping industry.

The Maritime Union of Australia will then give evidence to the Inquiry into a Sustainable Queensland Intrastate Shipping Industry, being held in the Bluewater 2 room of the Pullman Hotel.

Following the enquiry, a public forum will be held outlining the union’s blueprint for shipping industry reform, focusing on the potential social, economic and environmental benefits to the local community.

MEDIA ALERT: CAIRNS — Tuesday 19 March, 2019
Union rally: 10am — outside Pullman Hotel (17 Abbott Street)
Parliamentary inquiry: 11:30am to 1:45pm — Bluewater 2 room (Pullman Hotel)
Public forum: 3pm — The Jack Hotel (corner Sheridan & Spence Streets)

Vale Bob Hawke

The Maritime Union of Australia wishes to record our sympathies and condolences to Bob Hawke’s family on their loss. He was a loyal respected and consistently determined friend and comrade of Australian Seafarers, Waterside Workers and Port and harbour workers.


Position Vacant: Industrial Legal Officer – Sydney National Office
  • Work Type: Full-time
  • Location: Sydney

The Maritime Union of Australia Division (MUA) of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) is seeking an experienced legal practitioner to provide legal and strategic industrial advice and representation to the Officials and Members of the MUA. Located in the MUA’s National Office in Sydney, the position reports to the Division’s National Legal Director and works closely in a collaborative manner with the Divisional National Legal Team.