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A Message from Deputy National Secretary Mick Doleman

MUA Deputy National Secretary and former White Ribbon Ambassador of the Year, Mick Doleman, has recorded a message for members ahead of White Ribbon Day on November 25.

The MUA has been actively engaged for many years to try to eliminate violence against women.

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women.

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Full Financial Report Available at Branches

The Full Financial Reports are available from branches.

The concise report can be viewed here.

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The Age - Floating Fuel Tanks: Environmentalists Concern for Port Phillip Bay

By Heath Aston

Two giant petrol tankers capable of carrying more than 100,000 tonnes of fuel between them will be floating at anchor in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay by Friday afternoon.

Their task is the temporary storage of fuel byproduct from Shell's former Geelong refinery, now owned by Viva Energy.

The timing of the job is uncomfortable for Viva Energy, which has told its only Australian tanker crews that they are no longer needed due to rising road-transported demand in Victoria.

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The Age: Tanker stand-off highlights Australia's foreign shipping and fuel dependence

By: Heath Aston

The crew of an Australian-operated petrol tanker are refusing to leave their ship in a dispute they say goes to the issues of national fuel security and threats to the marine environment posed by unsafe foreign-flagged vessels increasingly operating in local waters.

The Tandara Spirit is anchored in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay, where its crew of 18 has been staging a sit-in for the past 15 days since the owners of Shell's former Geelong refinery ordered them to sail to Singapore, where they would be made redundant.

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Tandara Spirit Campaign Flagged in Canberra Meetings

Maritime Union of Australia Deputy National secretary Mick Doleman has headed to Canberra to talk to the nation's leaders about Australia's energy security and the Tandara Spirit.
 
Doleman met with Independent Senator John Madigan, who is leading an inquiry into Australia's fuel security.

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Tandara Spirit Crew Remain Militant And Disciplined

The sit-in by MUA members on board the Tandara Spirit has almost approached two weeks with the ship still at anchor in Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay.

Both the off going and joining crews have remained steadfast in their determination to fight for their jobs and for the bluewater industry. 

The union was informed by Teekay recently that Vitol will “hand back the Tandara Spirit in January 2015” yet to the shock of the  36 seafarers who work on the vessel a plan of stealth was hatched by the company whereby it would leave Australia two days later and dump the Australian crew, unemployed, in Singapore.

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The FWC has issued a S.418

Important notice to all crews of the Tandara Spirit: To view and download the S.418 issued by the Fair Work Commission this afternoon click here.

The MUA is seeking urgent legal advice.

 

 

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Blue Angel Show Tickets Go On Sale Today

​If hotel walls could talk then Hobart’s iconic Astor Hotel would have many a seafarer’s secret to tell; whispered to lovers or strangers or wives over whiskey for decades. Tales of the sea - exotic, erotic and despotic.

Come and see what seafarers from all over the country have been getting involved in.

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Tandara Update: MUA notches up win in FWC

The MUA has had a win at the Fair Work Commission, with talks ordered over the next two days over the future of the product tanker Tandara Spirit.
 
The MUA took the multi-billion dollar Swiss energy company Vitol to FWC over a lack of consultation in its decision to sack members working on board Tandara Spirit and leave them stranded in Singapore.

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MUA Takes Vitol to Fair Work Over Tanker Decision

The MUA is taking multi-billion dollar Swiss energy company Vitol To the Fair Work Commission over its decision to sack members working on board the product tanker Tandara Spirit.

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