Yesterday, Federal Shadow Employment Minister Brendan O’Connor joined the Maritime Union of Australia and Unions NT in highlighting the plight of good, skilled, long-term jobs in the Territory.
The MUA protested outside the office of Federal Member for Paterson, Bob Baldwin, today as the NSW and Federal Governments continue to obscure details surrounding the forced removal of five Australian crew members from the CSL Melbourne by up to 70 police officers last Friday.
The ITF today made a formal complaint to the Fair Work Ombudsman over a Hong Kong registered bulk ship working on the Australian coast since December last year without a Temporary Licence.
The union has become aware that the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) may attempt to communicate with members regarding the recent CSL Melbourne dispute. While this is a disgraceful waste of taxpayers’ money, it may also cause unnecessary concern among the membership.
Northern Territory Unions today celebrated the Larrakia People being formally included in employment talks over a multi-billion dollar gas project being built on their traditional lands.
Japanese energy giant INPEX has agreed to enter into tripartite talks with the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (LNAC) and the Larrakia Development Corporation (LDC) over post construction work once the $34 billion dollar plant is complete.
The sacked seafarers of the MV Portland were today joined by supporters from a range of backgrounds, most notably members of the Australian Worker's Union and the Australian Manufacturing Worker's Union from the Port Kemble steelworks to celebrate Iron Boat Day at the newly erected Jobs Embassy outside of Parliament House.
Maritime authority knew Australian workers would be replaced with foreign workforce on Alcoa's MV Portland, Senate committee hears
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) was aware an Australian crew would be removed from the cargo ship MV Portland three weeks before they were escorted off and replaced with foreign workers, a Senate committee has heard.
The ITF has evidence of shocking safety breaches on board another Flag of Convenience (FOC) ship berthed alongside Pacific Aluminium’s new foreign charter vessel in Newcastle.
Commenting on the raid on the CSL Melbourne in Newcastle yesterday, ITF seafarers’ section chair Dave Heindel said: “This raid was an error of truly national dimensions. The Australian government seems hell-bent on stripping away the very protections that make Australia the nation it is, and in doing so is becoming an international embarrassment in an industry seeking higher standards of governance and accountability.”