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MUA Welcomes Long Overdue Release of ‘Cuban Five’ Members

The Maritime Union of Australia has today welcomed the historic prisoner exchange deal between the US and Cuba, which will see the three remaining members of the ‘Cuban Five’ - as well as American Alan Gross - released from prison.

The MUA has campaigned strongly for the release of the Cuban Five since their arrest in 1998 and their subsequent conviction of conspiracy to commit espionage.

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ITF Calls On Australian Government To Do Better On Labour Rights

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) is calling on the Australian Government to improve labour regulations after the Federal Court found two Fijian workers had been exploited.

Two men who were brought to Australia on the proviso of training were found by the court to be employees, not trainees, of Sydney-based Devine Marine Group, according to the findings released this week.

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DP World Rally Round 2

Unions from across Victoria have joined the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) at a Melbourne rally today, urging the Abbott Government to back Australian workers and clearly dissociate themselves from the attack on penalty rates by container terminal operator Dubai Ports World.

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Unions Call on Tony Abbott to Protect Aussie Penalty Rates

Unions from across NSW will join the MUA march in Sydney today, calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to back Australian workers in the dispute between container terminal operator Dubai Ports World and its workforce.

Rally details here.

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Evocative and Moving Image Wins Human Justice Blake Prize

Maritime Union of Australia National Secretary Paddy Crumlin has congratulated Melbourne-based artist Hedy Ritterman for winning the $5,000 MUA Human Justice Award component of the Blake Prize.

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Australian Crewed Ship to the Rescue

The crew of a yacht sailing off the New South Wales coast caught a lucky break when they were rescued last night after getting into strife in high swells.

Crew members aboard the Australian crewed ship, the British Loyalty, were able to rescue all four passengers after responding to a distress call at approximately 1.30am.

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Unions Act To Protect Penalty Rates and Job Security

The ACTU and Maritime Union of Australia have urged terminal operator Dubai Ports World to get back to the negotiating table for a new enterprise bargaining agreement.

Dubai Ports World began a lockout of MUA members in Melbourne and Sydney today, with protected industrial action set to begin in Fremantle tomorrow.

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The Australian: DP World ‘Wages War on Wharfies’ With Tit-for-Tat Lockout

THE Maritime Union of Australian has escalated strike action against DP World, as the union’s national secretary Paddy Crumlin accused the company of declaring war on its workforce.

In addition to strike action at company terminals in three states from today, the MUA said workers at the Port Botany terminal in Sydney would strike for 12 hours over next Monday and Tuesday.

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Fictional History Opens New Front in War on Workers

By Rowan Cahill

AT the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards on Monday night, the joint winner of the Australian History Award was Hal G. P. Colebatch for his book Australia’s Secret War: How Unionists Sabotaged our Troops in World War II.

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Dubai Ports World Negotiation Tactics Leave No Option Other Than Protected Action

The Maritime Union of Australia will take protected action against terminal operator Dubai Ports World after the company’s ongoing refusal to negotiate in good faith on a new enterprise bargaining agreement.

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