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ITF Comment on the Loss of Egyptair 804

ITF Arab World regional secretary Bilal Malkawi made the following statement:

“We join the families and friends mourning the loss of passengers and crew. Their grief is profound and deeply moving. Like them, we are saddened by this tragic loss of lives. Like them we hope for answers to the cause of the crash.

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Solomon MP Griggs Loses Cool When Questioned About Jobs

As part of Foxtel's coverage of the hustings, local Liberal Party MP Natasha Griggs joined Labor Party candidate Luke Gosling on Paul Murray's show to debate the major issues. As per every other live debate, the MUA was there to ask what exactly the Liberal Government was doing to protect seafaring jobs and the coastal shipping industry. Watch as Griggs gets rather flustered after MUA NT Branch Secretary Thomas Mayor asks his question:

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Job Vacancy: Casual Branch Administrator

The Northern Territory Branch of The Maritime Union of Australia, based in Darwin is seeking a self-starter with administrative and bookkeeping skills to cover periods of leave and other times on a casual basis. Read the full advert and job description here.

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MUA Fights Plans to Contaminate Aussie Lands with World’s Nuclear Waste

The Maritime Union of Australia will fight any plans to allow the world’s spent nuclear fuel rods and radioactive waste to enter Australia through the Port of Darwin.

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MUA Welcomes Govt Consultation on Shipping

The Maritime Union of Australia welcomes the Government’s more inclusive approach to shipping, after Transport Minister Darren Chester met with the MUA and other stakeholders to discuss shipping policy last month.

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The Australian: Minister, MUA talk shipping reform

By Elizabeth Colman for the Australian. Originally published here

The Turnbull government is reconsidering its hardline coastal shipping changes after unprecedented talks with the militant maritime union, casting doubt on its plan to open waterways to cheaper foreign competition.

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Near Miss Highlights Need for Better Regulation

A Flag-of-Convenience container ship had a narrowly missed running aground when it veered off course and almost collided with rocks and reefs off the coast of Coffs Harbour. 

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Seafarers 'Devastated' by Influx of Foreign Workers in Maritime Industry

By Damian McIver

Originally published on ABC online, here.

Australian seafarers are warning that the local industry is at risk of going under unless the influx of foreign workers is halted.

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Strong Unions need Strong Women: Blog Two from Palestine

MUA Seafarer and activist Dan Crumlin is in Palestine on a solidarity mission with ITF affiliated local unions. He has been blogging about his experiences here. Originally published here.

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Cash’s Building Code Creates Massive Uncertainty in the Construction Sector

The Australian Council of Trade Unions is calling on Employment Minister Michaelia Cash to ensure the Turnbull Government’s proposed Building Code cannot operate retrospectively if introduced. 

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