Shadow Transport Minister Anthony Albanese joined the MUA's Quadrennial Conference on the last day to talk about the plight of seafaring and other jobs under the LNP Government. Read his full speech below:
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten spoke at the MUA Conference this morning after not being able to speak at the dinner the previous evening because of a grounded plane. The full speech is below:
Warren Smith, MUA Assistant National Secretary headed up the session of international heavyweights in describing how dockworkers around the world face the same issues: automation, casualisation, contracting out, with attacks often coming from the same companies.
The Community Organising session began with a video overview of the MUA’s Campaigns Intensive program, where women, youth, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Veteran members were brought together to train in the fundamentals of community campaigning; including phone banking and doorknocking.
Maritime unions of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and East Timor formally joined forces last year to establish the Maritime International Federation (MIF) to forge closer ties within our region.
MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin opened Day Two of the MUA’s Quadrennial National Conference explaining that attacks on jobs are also attacks on communities, attacks that lead to a whole range of individual and social dysfunction. Powerful unions don’t just win better wages, Crumlin explained, they win proper employee assistance and counselling programs and simple things like the ability to phone home in crisis.
Leading voices from the labour movement have discussed their views ahead of the upcoming federal election, talking up the close ties between unions and the ALP.
“We will do whatever it takes to improve lives of working people around the world,” said Danny Cain, MUA WA Branch Assistant Secretary and ITF Regional Youth Representative, introducing the session on international solidarity on Day Two of the MUA’s Quadrennial Conference.
The attacks on cabotage in Australia and worldwide are more prevalent than ever and as a result on day two of the MUA’s Quadrennial National Conference had a dedicated panel session to the attacks.
The MUA National Conference today unanimously passed a motion to authorise the union to enter merger negotiations with the CFMEU.