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Deputy National Secretary Mick Doleman to Ship Out Next Year

MUA Deputy National Secretary, White Ribbon Ambassador of the year, longest serving Victorian Trades Hall Council President, shipwreck survivor, stalwart and mentor to many, Mick Doleman announced at the recent National Council that he will not contest the MUA elections next year.

Mick, 59, has been a member of the Maritime Union of Australia for 43 years after he went to work at sea at the tender age of 16, although his first time aboard a ship was years earlier when he joined his seafaring father as a stowaway, or ringbolt as it’s known in the industry.

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ACTU: Unions Push for the Right to Domestic Violence Leave

Unions are pushing to give millions of Australian workers the right to access domestic violence leave.

ACTU President Ged Kearney said paid domestic violence leave is designed to support victims of domestic violence and help them to keep their job.

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MUA Women Awarded for Excellence

Two MUA women have won awards this week highlighting their strength and commitment to our union and industry.

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Darwin Community to Gather to Save the People’s Stella Maris

Working and retired seafarers, their families, and the broader Darwin community will gather on Saturday in a show of support for keeping Stella Maris in the people’s hands.

The CLP Government has declared its intent to take control of the historic centre from NT workers and hand it over to developers.

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Trade Union Wins in Aqaba Dispute

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is pleased to announce that port workers at the Aqaba Container Terminals (ACT) facility in Jordan run by APM Terminals have gained a victory following international protests against a police roundup of union members.

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Vale Gough Whitlam

The Maritime Union of Australia has paid its respects to Australia’s greatest reformer in remembering former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, 98, who passed away this morning.

Whitlam’s legacy of universal health care, free higher education, Aboriginal land rights, scrapping of the death penalty, withdrawal of troops from Vietnam and the ending of conscription paved the way for a more equitable Australian society.

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Unions Describe Tony Abbott’s Industry Plan As Too Little, Too Late

Unions have savaged Tony Abbott’s industry statement, which did little to address the cuts announced in the May Budget, did nothing to save the manufacturing sector and allowed greater use of 457 visas with unemployment at a 12-year high.

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Labor Pledges To Return Certainty To The Offshore Oil And Gas Sector

Labor continues to maintain the offshore visa changes put in place by the Abbott Government are unfair, compromise employment conditions and create great uncertainty in the oil and gas sector, according to Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Brendan O’Connor. 

Mr O’Connor told the MUA National Conference that Assistant Minister for Immigration, Michaelia Cash, wants to create chaos in the offshore oil and gas industry by using Maritime Crew Visas (MCVs).

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MUA Training in October and November

Register now for upcoming MUA training courses in Melbourne, Darwin, Brisbane, Port Adelaide and St Georges Basin. 

There are courses to suit experienced delegates as well as new members stepping up for the first time.

Click here for a full list of training events.

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Albanese Continues to Back Shipping Reform and Key MUA Policies

ALP frontbencher Anthony Albanese today defended the Rudd/Gillard Government’s record on delivering shipping reform.

As Minister for Infrastructure, Albanese’s reforms to the Coastal Trading Act were the most substantial in a century, in a bid to ensure the survival of Australia’s sovereign flagged shipping industry.

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