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Truss Misleads on Shipping to Drive Home Ideological Agenda

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has urged the Abbott Government to protect Australian jobs, the maritime skills base and the environment when considering changes to laws covering coastal shipping.
 
Fresh on the heels of killing off Australia’s submarine industry and car industry, Transport Minister Warren Truss today signaled an end to cabotage, which is the rules that level the playing field for Australian ships on our coast, using flawed data from a new report.

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Anger as Hardie Seeks to Vary Payments

From today's Working Life.

Revelations that the compensation fund set up by James Hardie for asbestos victims could face a financial shortfall within three years has reopened old sores, with the company being accused of putting its own profits ahead of the interests of asbestos sufferers, Mark Phillips reports.

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Maritime Unions Considering Appeal Of Federal Court Visa Decision

Maritime unions are considering an appeal to the full Federal Court to sort out the Abbott Government’s extraordinary mishandling of the rules covering workers in the offshore oil and gas sector.

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) took the Abbott Government to court for using a ‘legislative instrument’ to re-open a loophole to allow cheap foreign labour in the offshore.

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Membership Training Gives Staff Opportunity to Exchange Ideas

Staff from around the country converged on the Victorian Branch last week to participate in membership training and development sessions. The event was run by GBST Unison – the company that has developed the software the MUA uses to run membership databases.

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This Royal Commission Witch Hunt was Unwise

Royal Commissions are not for political retribution and using them as such is inherently dangerous. In light of the Ashby affair, the Abbott Government should be treading more carefully, wrote Darrin Barnett in ABC's The Drum.

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MUA to Participate in Trade Union Royal Commission

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has confirmed it has been asked to participate in the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

National Secretary, Paddy Crumlin confirmed that while the Union would participate in hearings, it stridently disagreed with the politics driving the inquiry.

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Abbott Government Sells Out Australian Workers with 457 Visa Review

ACTU: There is no surprise that a Government review by a panel of business leaders has recommended scrapping requirements for employers to try to hire local workers before bringing in cheaper foreign workers on 457 visas.

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Free Trade Should Not Come Before Basic Human Rights

Global maritime unions have banded together as ill-advised governments and trading blocs continue to undermine workers’ rights in the name of free trade.
 
The Seafarers' International Union of Canada (SIU) said last week that it was forming a coalition with Canadian and global transport unions over their significant concerns surrounding the Canadian-European Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and the lack of transparency from those who were making the deal. Read the SIU's press release here.

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Charges Dropped Against Mexican Union Leader

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has welcomed news that Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, President and General Secretary of the National Mine and Metal Workers Union, Los Mineros, has finally had all criminal charges against him dropped by a court in Mexico.

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QATAR: Human Rights Investigators Found

The two human rights activists, as the MUA reported as missing on Saturday, have been found.

Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev went missing more than a week ago while they were documenting some of the alleged abuses of workers in the Gulf State. Read the original story here.  

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