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URGENT: Message to Members Regarding the MV Portland

The union has become aware that the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) may attempt to communicate with members regarding the recent MV Portland dispute.  While this is a disgraceful waste of taxpayers’ money, it may also cause unnecessary concern among the membership.

Accordingly, the union advises Members not to communicate with the FWO and to direct all correspondence to the union’s National Legal Unit: legal.assistant@mua.org.au (a focused phone photograph of a FWO letter should suffice). 

The union also confirms the Fair Work Ombudsman does not have the power to compel answers to any questions besides a person’s name and address, and only then if the FWO reasonably believes the person has committed an offence under the Fair Work Act.   

For further information please contact the MUA’s legal staff.

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MUA Offers Condolences to Bowen Fisherman and his Family

Dear Fellow Workers,

The Bowen community experienced the loss of Martin Cunningham, a well-regarded figure in the local community, due to the traumatic event that took place off the coast of Port Denison on Wednesday 25 May 2016.

 

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Mergers and Acquisitions: A Union Perspective

National Secretary Paddy Crumlin went on Sky News Trading Day to discuss the MUA and the wider union movement's perspective on corporate takeovers, mergers and acquisitions.

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Unions Come Together To Remove Turnbull

The MUA, along with the CFMEU and TCFUA chose Brisbane as its launching pad for its anti-Turnbull, anti-Government election campaign. 

The location of Brisbane for the Thursday launch was strategic, with political commentators identifying Queensland as the jewel of the crown this election. 

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Liberal MP Matt Williams Forced to Backtrack After Misleading Answer to MUA Question

Liberal MP for the South Australian seat of Hindmarsh Matt Williams was left red-faced after misleading viewers at a live debate last night. 

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ITF Comment on the Loss of Egyptair 804

ITF Arab World regional secretary Bilal Malkawi made the following statement:

“We join the families and friends mourning the loss of passengers and crew. Their grief is profound and deeply moving. Like them, we are saddened by this tragic loss of lives. Like them we hope for answers to the cause of the crash.

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Solomon MP Griggs Loses Cool When Questioned About Jobs

As part of Foxtel's coverage of the hustings, local Liberal Party MP Natasha Griggs joined Labor Party candidate Luke Gosling on Paul Murray's show to debate the major issues. As per every other live debate, the MUA was there to ask what exactly the Liberal Government was doing to protect seafaring jobs and the coastal shipping industry. Watch as Griggs gets rather flustered after MUA NT Branch Secretary Thomas Mayor asks his question:

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Job Vacancy: Casual Branch Administrator

The Northern Territory Branch of The Maritime Union of Australia, based in Darwin is seeking a self-starter with administrative and bookkeeping skills to cover periods of leave and other times on a casual basis. Read the full advert and job description here.

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MUA Fights Plans to Contaminate Aussie Lands with World’s Nuclear Waste

The Maritime Union of Australia will fight any plans to allow the world’s spent nuclear fuel rods and radioactive waste to enter Australia through the Port of Darwin.

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MUA Welcomes Govt Consultation on Shipping

The Maritime Union of Australia welcomes the Government’s more inclusive approach to shipping, after Transport Minister Darren Chester met with the MUA and other stakeholders to discuss shipping policy last month.

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