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.
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.
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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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.
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.
The MUA is furious at multi-billion dollar Swiss energy company Vitol’s decision to sack members working on-board the product tanker Tandara Spirit.
Less than six months after celebrating the decision to not dump nuclear waste at Muckaty in central Australia, the Northern Land Council has reneged on its commitment.
After a long campaign by traditional owners, unions and progressive organisations across the country, the Northern Land Council abandoned its plans to offer land for a national radioactive waste dump at Muckaty, 120km north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) National Secretary and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) President Paddy Crumlin has highlighted the inaction of the government of El Salvador on the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Gilberto Soto, a representative of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
New Zealand newspaper - Bay of Plenty Times - is reporting that the crew that was stranded on the Vega Auriga (the notorious ship that was banned from Australian ports) has been sent home to the Philippines. In August the Maritime Union of Australia, the International Transport Workers' Federation and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority had all voiced concerns about the treatment of crew on Vega ships.