The Maritime Union of Australia has warned that Ports should stay in public hands or increased user costs could be passed onto consumers in addition to the fact that jobs could be lost if key infrastructure is privatised.
There has been much discussion in the media and the community regarding privatisation of Queensland assets in the lead-up to this weekend’s state election, with debate centred around job losses and costs being passed onto householders and businesses.
There are concerns about the welfare of 21 Filipino seafarers aboard a flag-of-convenience bulk carrier berthed at Port Kembla after it was found the stores aboard the ship were severely lacking and none of the crew had been paid in four months.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has detained the ship, the Bulk Brasil, for serious breaches of the Maritime Labor Convention.
See below an article published in the Cairns Post yesterday which shows local businesses depend on Cabotage laws to operate in Australia. Tony Briggs, founder of Coral Princess Cruises said that proposed changes to Cabotage were "stupid".
"Foreign-flagged vessels can employ cheaper (overseas) crew, they don't have to comply with Australian regulations, including (those of) the Australian Maritime Safety Authority... they don't have to comply with Occupational Health and Safety, HR and IR and the main thing is they don't have to pay any tax," Mr Briggs said.
By Patricia Ranald
Convenor of AFTINET
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A Flag-Of-Convenience (FOC) ship has been detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in Newcastle for endangering its crew’s lives today.
The Orient Becrux was found by AMSA to have breached the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea after the Hong Kong-based charterer made the Filipino crew unlash the cargo at sea.
· Honest, Australian jobs should not be replaced with exploited $2/hour workers
· Australia’s fuel security and natural environment should not be put at risk
Today, casual workers can celebrate after a court has reinforced that non-permanent employees could be entitled to long service leave.
In setting a significant precedent, the Supreme Court of South Australia squashed an appeal by Flinders Ports, who were fighting the Industrial Magistrate’s decision that found a casual harbour worker was eligible for long service entitlements.
This letter to the editor was submitted today, January 21, 2015. Whether or not the Australian will publish the letter is yet to be determined.
The Maritime Union of Australia and the International Transport Workers’ Federation have been made aware of a scam targeting people with promises of cruise ship jobs and asking for money to secure these jobs.