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Abbott Government Fails In Bid To Allow Cheap Foreign Labour In Offshore Oil and Gas Sector

The Abbott Government’s ongoing efforts to undermine Australian jobs in the offshore oil and gas sector suffered a setback today when the Federal Court rejected its underhand means of deploying visas for foreign workers.

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MUA Welcomes Senate Inquiry Into Temporary Working Visas

The Maritime Union of Australia has joined the chorus of unions welcoming the long overdue Senate Inquiry into temporary work visa schemes such as 457s.

MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said the Inquiry would undoubtedly uncover widespread rorting by companies trying to undercut acceptable pay, safety and conditions in an attempt boost profits.

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MUA Stands in Solidarity with Workers Affected by Cyclone Pam

The Maritime Union of Australia has set up a dedicated fund for members and supporters to donate to those whose lives have been devastated by a category five cyclone that swept through the Pacific Islands last week.

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Last chance to register for training in Fremantle and Gladstone

Last chance to register for courses next week in Fremantle and Gladstone. Click here to register.

23-24 March, Level 1, Fremantle.

24-25 March, Level 1 & 2, Gladstone

28-29 April, Level 1 & 2, Townsville.

6-7 May, Level 1, Devonport *UPDATED*

19-22 May, Level 3 Advanced Delegates, at MUA Training School, St Georges Basin. This course is open to experienced delegates from all branches by expression of interest.

23-24 June, Level 1 & 2, Karratha *UPDATED*

30-31 July, Level 2, Sydney. 

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Residents and Unions Unite Against Millers Point Sell-Off

To mark one year since the NSW Government announced the sale of public housing at Millers Point, Dawes Point and the Rocks, residents and supporters met at NSW Parliament House for a preview screening of a documentary telling their story.

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Industry Super Australia (ISA) Innovations in Infrastructure: Beyond the G20 Symposium

Earlier in March, Executive Policy Officer Rod Pickette delivered a speech on behalf of the ACTU to an ISA conference in Canberra. Below are his observations from an Australian context:

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ACTU: Government Must Do More to Stop Fraud and Rorting of 457 Visas

Australian Unions have genuine concerns that foreign workers on temporary visas are being exploited and that unscrupulous employers are rorting the scheme at the expense of Australian jobs.

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Internationalism and Solidarity: Taking the WA Branch Forward

The Biennial WA Branch conference has drawn to a close after a five-day extravaganza that saw thousands of people from all over the country and world descend on the port town of Fremantle.

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ITF Calls For Investigation Into Chevron’s Management of Gorgon LNG Project Evacuation Procedures

The International Transport Workers’ Federation held concerns for the welfare of workers trapped on Barrow Island as they prepared for the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Olwyn.

More than 1,000 workers were stranded on Barrow Island, off the north-west coast of Australia, after Chevron stuffed up plans to evacuate its workforce ahead of the arrival of the Category Three Cyclone.

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MP Anthony Albanese Jumps to Defend Coastal Shipping... Again

Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese has opened up on the Abbott Government’s plans to deregulate the Australian coastal shipping.

The comments below were made as part of his speech to the Australian Logistics Council Forum on Thursday March 12.

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Working Waves 2015

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