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.
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.
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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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.