Indian seafarer labelled a hero after working with MUA members to save wharfie's life at West Swanson Dock
The MUA and ITF have delivered an award to an Indian seafarer who helped save the life of an MUA wharfie who fell unconscious into the water at West Swanson Dock.
DP World wharfie Darren Blackman fell around 17 metres, striking mooring lines on his descent and landing in the water unconscious while working on the Liberian-flagged FOC container ship Folegandros around 3.20pm Wednesday.
The international dockworkers’ community is in mourning following the death of an Indonesian worker who was killed on the job at the International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) facility in Jakarta overnight.
“As someone who has worked on the waterfront for 15 years, it was absolutely horrifying to see the unjust and inhumane working conditions Aboriginal people in this region are being subjected to. It’s a blatant attack on traditions and cultural beliefs. If there were these sorts of conditions in our industry we would all be on strike until there was change. That’s the kind of power we need to build”.
—Naomi Cain, Committee member at DP World (Port Botany) and MUA Sydney Branch Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Committee member.
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As determined and notified at last week's National Council, the Annual General Meeting of Members (AGM) will be held around the country, commencing Monday, 27 November 2016. As advised, the date for each branch is as follows:
ACTU Executive Resolution: The Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) and political interference in the autonomy of unions
The following resolution was carried by the ACTU Executive:
The events of the past 7 days reinforces what the ACTU has been saying all along is true; The ROC is a political organisation operating to attack unions who represent the interests of working people and is persecuting the opponents of the Turnbull government who advocate for higher wages and better conditions for working people.
The ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) has backed what it describes as “a historic breakthrough” on eliminating Qatar’s kafala system, which has allowed the exploitation of migrant workers in the Gulf state.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has condemned the Turnbull Government announcement that it would reject a key recommendation from its own Referendum Council to set up an Indigenous advisory body to the Federal Parliament.
ALP Transport spokesman Anthony Albanese has re-committed Labor to a strengthened shipping policy when they next come to Government.