World Maritime Day - Investment in new ships on the Australian coastal trades could make a significant contribution to carbon emission reduction as well as enabling Australia to cope with the tripling of the national freight task by 2050.
Friends and comrades from across the industrial, political and indigenous movement gathered in Sydney yesterday 27 September to celebrate the 70th birthday of Kevin Cook (Cooky).
A delegation of Australian wharfies joined dockworkers from 14 countries on the Dublin docks in a global solidarity mission this month.
The Australian delegation led by Assistant National Secretary Rick Newlyn marched under the Eureka and Australian flags.
Marine Terminals Limited (M.T.L.) is owned by UK based Peel Ports Group which is 49% owned by Deutsche Bank.
The company forced redundancies on a quarter of their workforce including the union delegate and slashed their wages by over 200 Euro's a week.
The Maritime Union is growing - up from just over 9000 members in 2003 to just under 12,000 members in 2009 - and most of the growth is in the west
Introducing Daniel Sanchez & Yoly Fernandez from Venezuela Greetings from Nelson Davila Venezuela's ambassador to Australia An evening of Latin American food, music and revolution
An estimated 60 supporters of Sydney Ferries rallied at Cabarita Wharf in Sydney today to keep the ferries from being privatised, warning there would be a decline in ferry services if the sale goes ahead
The Maritime Union has called for action on safety after a serious accident at a liquefied natural gas plant off Western Australia, Australian Associated Press reports
More than 400 Sydney wharfies at the Patrick Terminal at Port Botany were today kitted out in new hot pink hard hats bearing the McGrath Foundation logo, proving once and for all that real men do wear pink.
Vale Alan Oliver, veteran seafarer, union activist and, in the words of National Secretary Paddy Crumlin, "wordsmith extraordinaire, the Damon Runyon of the Australian maritime and international working class".