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.
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.
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).
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.
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) National Secretary Paddy Crumlin has officially opened the union’s national council in Sydney.
Lead agenda items were offshore visas, the Trade Union Royal Commission, shipping reform, automation and the creation of the Maritime International Federation (MIF).
Members from Sydney ferries turned out at Sydney Town Hall to overwhelmingly endorse their new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement with private contractor Harbour City Ferries with 97% of the 245 that turned out voting in favour.
One Filipino seafarer remains in a critical condition after sustaining burns and smoke inhalation after yesterday’s livestock ship fire.
Another two seafarers who were taken to hospital have been cleared for released and will join the other 52 crew in accommodation being provided by the Australian shipping company – Wellard.
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) says that a major blaze today on board the livestock carrier Ocean Drover in Fremantle once again shows the dangers of sub-standard Flag of Convenience (FOC) shipping.
Firefighters are battling a blaze on board the world’s largest purpose-built livestock vessel, berthed at Rouse Head, with some crew members believed to still be on board. One person has been taken to Fremantle Hospital.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has welcomed the North East Shipping Management Plan, released by the Australian Government today, saying it underscores the need for a viable Australian shipping industry.
The plan, released by Minister for Infrastructure Warren Truss, highlights the ongoing importance of adequately managing shipping through the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and the Coral Sea.