The following information is provided to members to assist in the preparation for the conduct of the 2015 -2019 Election. It includes an explanation of the various steps to be taken by members, the National Council, existing officials and the National Returning Officers. The information provided hereunder also refers to a timetable summary, which is on the MUA Website to assist members.
By IAN KIRKWOOD
Tug company Svitzer has pulled two of its nine Newcastle tugs out of work after one of the Chinese-built vessels was found to contain asbestos.
Over two-days members from the Floating Production Storage Offtake (FPSOs) vessels gathered in the WA Branch union rooms to review the last two years of the industry and discuss matters relating to the broader industry.
Usually working in isolated conditions, the conference affords the delegates an opportunity to regroup and work on strategies.
Day one of the WA Branch Conference got off to an explosive start with National Secretary Paddy Crumlin delivering an emotional speech in remembering his recently deceased father-in-law.
It didn’t take long for Crumlin to get fired up when he started talking about the impotence of the Abbott Government and the neo-liberal bosses.
National Secretary Paddy Crumlin has advised that following the 2014 National Council Bill Giddins was appointed as National Returning Officer to fill a vacancy created by the then unavailability of Phil Byrne due to family illness. This was endorsed by the Annual General Meeting of the Union.
Two men have been seriously injured during an incident on board a ship at Port Hedland.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said the crew members from the Happy Buccaneer were injured by a "load spreader" just before midday.
Nobody from Michaelia Cash’s office would front the crowd that descended on Subiaco demanding that Australians should work in Australia’s offshore industry.
The Assistant Minister for Immigration was unsurprisingly absent as approximately 80 MUA Youth and Women rallied outside of her office chanting.
The Maritime Union of Australia has questioned the priorities of the Abbott Government when it comes to maritime security ahead of the Prime Minster’s national security statement in the Federal Parliament today.
The Nomination Form for the Upcoming Quadrennial Election is available to download and print here.
Union members, including the MUA joined the families of those who were killed, and the wider community in commemorating the anniversary of the bombing of Darwin whereby hundreds of people lost their lives at the hands of the Japanese military.