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ITF President Slams Australian Royal Commission

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) today slammed the anti-union intentions of an Australian royal commission into trade unions.

ITF affiliate the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) appeared on Monday at the Conservative government’s royal commission into trade union governance and corruption. Paddy Crumlin, MUA national secretary and president of the ITF, confirmed that while the MUA was prepared to participate in hearings, it stridently disagreed with the politics driving the inquiry.

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Royal Commission Evidence Confirms MUA Commitment to Local Jobs

Industry evidence given at yesterday’s Royal Commission hearings into the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has recognised the union’s efforts to train Australian workers.

The evidence is detailed in witness statements from the hearings, which were released today. Many of the details were omitted in today’s media coverage of the Commission.

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Trade Union Royal Commission a Waste of Time and Money

Below is the transcript from yesterday's doorstops on the morning of and following the Trade Union Royal Commission.

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MUA to Participate Today in Trade Union Royal Commission

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) will appear today at 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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ITF Australia Urges Deputy PM to Get a Grip

International Transport Workers’ Federation Australian coordinator Dean Summers has slammed Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss for using a day of commemoration and celebration to push his ideological agenda.

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Truss Up to His Old Tired Tricks

Maritime unions have descended on Canberra today to speak to members and Senators about the need to protect coastal shipping and jobs on the coast.

The agenda includes the review if the Coastal Trading Act, Offshore Visas and the Seafarers Tax Offset, which is being debated in the lower house today.

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) are concerned by comments made in question time yesterday by Transport Minister Warren Truss, who continues to mislead the Australian people as he pursues an ideological agenda in shipping.

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Industry Wises Up to Automation

Union and industry have found common cause in denouncing the practice of automation without consultation, Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith reports.

Yesterday Lloyd’s List Daily Commercial News reported Automation fails at DP World Brisbane, proving that automating terminals without proper thought or process does not work. 

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ITF Supports Coalition for Good Jobs in PNG

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has thrown its full support behind the campaign against privatising public assets and services in Papua New Guinea.

Three trade unions – the Energy Workers Union, Maritime and Transport Workers Union and National Airline Employees Association – have formed a coalition to keep some of the country’s biggest companies, including PNG Power, PNG Ports and Air Nuigini, in public hands.

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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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