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Crumlin Addresses National Reform Summit

Maritime Union of Australia National Secretary Paddy Crumlin made his contribution in no uncertain terms to the National Reform Summit in Sydney.

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Stena Clyde Tragedy: Continued Govt Inaction

Today is the three year anniversary of the tragedy which cost Peter Meddens and Barry Denholm their lives on the Stena Clyde oil rig in the Bass Strait off the coast of Victoria.

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Darwin Maritime Workers Say Griggs Doing Nothing for Jobs

Maritime workers and their supporters will rally at 3pm today outside the Casuarina office of Federal Member for Solomon, Natasha Griggs.
 
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Northern Territory Branch Secretary Thomas Mayor said he has written to Ms Griggs several times seeking to discuss Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s proposed changes to laws covering Australia‘s maritime sector.

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MUA Shows Vodafone a Real #BigLittleProtest

As a result of Hutchison’s intransigence in negotiations the Maritime Union of Australia has been forced to ramp up its campaign. 

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Hutchison Workers Sacked By Text And Email to Join Vodafone’s #BigLittleProtest On The Same Day Parties Head Back To Fair Work Commission

Workers sacked by midnight text and email nearly three weeks ago by Hutchison Ports Australia will take their campaign to the streets in three capital cities today to join the #BigLittleProtest run by Vodafone Australia – which is half owned by Hutchison.

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The Australian: Hutchison Ports Sackings a Textbook Case of Dangers of Cutbacks

By Glenda Korporaal

Sacking an employee by email or text may be technically legal, but a recent move by Hutchison Ports to sack almost 100 workers in Sydney and Brisbane by text and email stands as a warning for other employers on the many risks of following suit.

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Geared Up for the Fight: MUA Members Ready to Take on Abbott

Members from around the country are now better equipped to take on the Abbott Government after participating in a three-day Campaigns Intensive course held in the Victorian Branch last week. 

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Dean Summers Conquers Channel

After a gruelling 13 hours and 19 minutes, International Transport Workers' Federation National Coordinator Dean Summers completed his Channel Swim attempt, a feat many have tried and failed.

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Kevin Cook: “They thought he was ten foot tall and bullet-proof”

By Paul Torzillo and Heather Goodall

In July 1972, the Aboriginal Land Rights flag flew proudly from the top of the highest crane in Sydney. Kevin Cook had got it there. Thousands of Aboriginal protesters and supporters marched down Sydney streets in the Black Moratorium, but it was that flag on the crane which brought Aboriginal demands for Land Rights onto the TV screens, newspapers and radios of people all over the country. Kevin, an organiser with the Builders Labourers’ Federation, had convinced his BL mates to put the flag up there. Cookie, as he was known, had unfailing judgement about the symbolic power of key events and in finding just the right people to make them happen.

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Foreign Slave Ship Trading in Australian Waters

A foreign crew in Mackay has been denied basic rights such as access to food and has been forced to work without pay.
 
One crewmember aboard the Korean bulk carrier, the C. Summit, was found to have malnutrition and a further four have since left the ship claiming they feared for their lives.

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