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Maritime Unions Considering Appeal Of Federal Court Visa Decision

Maritime unions are considering an appeal to the full Federal Court to sort out the Abbott Government’s extraordinary mishandling of the rules covering workers in the offshore oil and gas sector.

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) took the Abbott Government to court for using a ‘legislative instrument’ to re-open a loophole to allow cheap foreign labour in the offshore.

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Membership Training Gives Staff Opportunity to Exchange Ideas

Staff from around the country converged on the Victorian Branch last week to participate in membership training and development sessions. The event was run by GBST Unison – the company that has developed the software the MUA uses to run membership databases.

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This Royal Commission Witch Hunt was Unwise

Royal Commissions are not for political retribution and using them as such is inherently dangerous. In light of the Ashby affair, the Abbott Government should be treading more carefully, wrote Darrin Barnett in ABC's The Drum.

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MUA to Participate in Trade Union Royal Commission

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has confirmed it has been asked to participate in the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

National Secretary, Paddy Crumlin confirmed that while the Union would participate in hearings, it stridently disagreed with the politics driving the inquiry.

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Abbott Government Sells Out Australian Workers with 457 Visa Review

ACTU: There is no surprise that a Government review by a panel of business leaders has recommended scrapping requirements for employers to try to hire local workers before bringing in cheaper foreign workers on 457 visas.

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Free Trade Should Not Come Before Basic Human Rights

Global maritime unions have banded together as ill-advised governments and trading blocs continue to undermine workers’ rights in the name of free trade.
 
The Seafarers' International Union of Canada (SIU) said last week that it was forming a coalition with Canadian and global transport unions over their significant concerns surrounding the Canadian-European Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and the lack of transparency from those who were making the deal. Read the SIU's press release here.

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Charges Dropped Against Mexican Union Leader

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has welcomed news that Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, President and General Secretary of the National Mine and Metal Workers Union, Los Mineros, has finally had all criminal charges against him dropped by a court in Mexico.

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QATAR: Human Rights Investigators Found

The two human rights activists, as the MUA reported as missing on Saturday, have been found.

Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev went missing more than a week ago while they were documenting some of the alleged abuses of workers in the Gulf State. Read the original story here.  

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MUA Members Rescue Stranded Seafarers in Strife

Seven Indonesian seafarers caught a lucky break after being rescued by Norwegian flagged, Australian-crewed vessel the Far Sirius last Thursday.

The seven Indonesian crew had spent more than 10 hours in the Java Sea after their ship had sunk the night before, according to skilled seafarer and MUA delegate Jimbo Williams.

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Abbott Anniversary: What a Difference a Year Makes

A year ago, Tony Abbott was swept to power as Australia’s 28th Prime Minister with a 3.6% per cent swing, ending almost six years of Labor government.

The Coalition has a handy 35-seat majority in the House of Representatives, but with a hung Senate, it has found it far from smooth sailing in the Upper House.

Nevertheless, in 12 months Tony Abbott has left his stamp on the nation, for better or worse, Working Life reports

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