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ITF Film Wins Labour Shorts Award

The film, Abandoned, but not forgotten: the plight of Burma’s migrant fishers, has been awarded “Best labour film short of 2009” by the Geneva Labour Film Shorts Festival, which will take place on 16 June in Geneva, Switzerland.

The film exposes the brutal treatment of migrant workers from Burma employed in Thailand’s fishing industry and outlines the steps seafarers’ unions are taking to expose these crimes and help the workers win basic rights.

A list of the film line-up is on the festival’s website at: www.labourfilmshorts.org

 

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Would Private Ferries Reject EBAs?

In an extraordinary threat of industrial tyranny Tourism and Transport Managing Director, Chris Brown, today described the negotiated settlement with Sydney Ferries as "a token" and that "if Sydney Ferries' management were serious, they would have imposed these industrial reforms long ago."

"In view of  his  rejection of this negotiated settlement, the Maritime Union of Australia  asks Mr Brown  what  working arrangements he believes would be appropriate for a privatised Sydney Ferries?", MUA Sydney Branch Secretary Warren Smith said. 

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ACTU Congress - MUA delegation

One of the highlights of this years' Congress was the Transport Union Federation solidarity action with our Kiwi comrades EPMU.  NZ flight attendants employed by Zeal are being short changed and are calling on solidarity actions across the Tasman.

The MUA-RTBU-TWU (and CFMEU) went into Brisbane city at lunchtime on Wednesday to support the EPMU in their fight with Air New Zealand. About 120 unionists gathered chanting in the streets “Shame Air New Zealand Shame” outside the company’s head office.

We decided that we weren’t making enough of a statement so we moved into the intersection and sat down in the middle of the road blocking four streets in busy lunchtime traffic.

 

 

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ITF Secures US$170,000 For Filipino Crew

Filipino crew on board the Singapore flag of convenience bulk carrier Grand Victoria loading coal in the port of Newcastle have won US$170,000 in back pay owing after intervention from the ITF Australia.

The cash payment of US $100,000 was personally made to 19 crew members, with confirmation that a further $70,000 owing in family allotments has been paid into their home bank accounts.  The company also signed an ITF agreement giving the crew a pay rise and better working conditions on board. 

 

 

 

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Minister Calls For Industry To "Get Real" About Shipping Reform Welcome

The Maritime Union of Australia today backed calls from the Minister for Transport Anthony Albanese for the shipping industry to "get real" about reforming and revitalising the Australian shipping industry.

Addressing industry heavyweights at the Natship09 conference at the Sydney Hilton today, Mr Albanese spoke of the crucial need to revitalise the industry: "Its real and you all know it's real....We have to get real, act with maturity and act in a collaborative fashion".

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MUA Calls For Urgent Sea Change To Handle Our Future Freight Task

“The prediction is that post 2020 coastal shipping will experience significant coastal shipping growth with the need for  greater use of efficient and low-carbon methods of transport but the establishment of a competitive Australian shipping industry must begin right now”, said Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia. 

Speaking at the Natship09 conference in Sydney, this morning, Mr Crumlin launched a new platform for the revitalisation of shipping, Time for a Sea Change in Australian Shipping, calling for the  Federal Government to adopt a comprehensive package of regulatory reforms and fiscal support without delay. 

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Transport Unions Solidarity Sit In

Australian transport unions stopped traffic at the busiest intersection in Brisbane’s travel district late yesterday afternoon in support of EPMU Zeal 320 members who are in dispute with Air New Zealand. The protest was eventually stopped by police.
 
The solidarity protest by the Transport Workers Union, Maritime Union of Australia and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union Congress came against the backdrop of the triennial Australian Council of Trade Unions congress and shows anger over Air New Zealand’s behaviour toward workers in its subsidiary is spreading across the Tasman.

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Greg Harvey: Courage and Character

His death was announced at ACTU Congress today. National Secretary Paddy Crumlin addressed the Congress, paying tribute to Greg's union work and his support of the Transport workers union alliance with TWU MUA and RTBU. The national secretary extended the MUA's condolences to Greg's family and union. Congress stood for one minute's silence.

"Greg, was fighting cancer for some time," National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said in a circular to councillors. 
 "He faced his illness with great courage and character. He was an inspiration to all who worked with him and knew him."

The officers, staff and members pass on our deepest sympathies and condolences to his wife Liz and his family and the officers, staff and members of the RTBU.

 

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Melbourne Wharfies Leave Bonds Box On Docks

Waterside workers at West Swanson Dock, Melbourne, refused to load a container of Pacific Brands plant equipment on May 31, in sympathy with worker and community outrage over the company's behaviour.

Workers on all three shifts, day, twilight and midnight - around 200 men and women - unanimously voted to endorse the following statement:

 

 

 

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New Labour Laws

The Federal Government is in the process of introducing new labour laws that will provide the opportunity for workers to collectively bargain your employment agreements.

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