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Gotta ♥ Sydney Ferries

Paul Garrett said there was a great response on the day and also good positive media coverage of the event.

He said he believes Sydney Ferries has turned the corner since a series of incidents in recent years and has now dramatically improved the service.

 

“This is not the time to switch to the private sector – it’s a myth that privatising would make this service more efficient.

 

“We’re now looking at a situation where we have an alliance of unions, workers and passengers who will fight hard to keep Sydney Ferries public.

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Human Justice - Blake Art Award

Judging the artworks of finalists in the Blake Prize for Human Justice, sponsored by the Maritime Union of Australia, is underway with National Secretary, Paddy Crumlin, impressed by the quality of the entries.

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LNG Boom A Golden Opportunity For Australian Shipping

The Australian economy and workforce will miss a golden opportunity with the striking of the $50 billion Gorgon LNG deal with PetroChina if it is not accompanied by a significant expansion in the national shipping industry consistent with a shipping policy review currently under consideration by the Rudd Government.

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Support For Irish Dockers Dispute

The Maritime Union of Australia has thrown its support behind Irish dockworkers who currently face a union busting campaign similar to the Patrick's waterfront dispute, which resulted in a significant victory for the union movement in Australia over a decade ago.

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Comrades Raise Their Glasses To Alan Oliver

Alan Oliver has not got long to go.  The seafarers' scribe and long time union activist has terminal cancer.  So on Friday, August 14, his closest comrades gathered by his side to raise their glasses in his honour, spin a few yarns, and set out on his last voyage together.

It was their regular get together at the Spanish Club in Sydney -  group of maritime workers,  an entrepreneur, an artist and cook, a Cuban, a doctor and a lawyer.

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Union Book Shortlisted For Award

Voices from the Ships, Australian seafarers and their union, launched at national council in April has been shortlisted for the 2009 Frank Broeze Maritime History Prize.  The Museum's panel of judges as one of the four finalists for the prize.

Jeffrey Mellefont Publications manager, Australian National Maritime Museum, wrote to the publishers UNSW Press last week to congratulate to author Diane Kirkby on reaching this stage of the selection process.

The history, which was the outcome of the 2004 National Delegates' Conference, was launched at the Maritime Museum by Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and former ACTU secretary Bill Kelty, who congratulated union and its members over the years for their contribution to making Australia a stronger democracy.  

Minister Albanese paid tribute to the writer Diane Kirkby for her insight into working class culture.

Copies of the book have been distributed to branches and are also available from National Office.

 

 

 

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NT Picnic Day A Great Turnout

The 2009 MUA NT Branch Picnic day was held at the Jingili Water Gardens. It was the best turnout for a picnic in a number of years and the families that attended enjoyed a day to remember.

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Wharfies Redundancy Busters Mission Gets Public Acclaim

Port Botany wharfies in August featured in the Sydney Morning Herald for their initiative of sacrificing hours for their casual comrades. ( Wharfies adopt containment policy)

At the same time members at East Swanson Dock, Melbourne got their job saving initiative in the Melbourne Age (Wharfies make leave agreement to save jobs.)

Their stories, which also feature this MWJ tells how  250 full time rostered staff at DP World cut their hours back from 36 to 35 and gave up a weekend shift to spend more time with their families and give casual workers more chance of earning a quid. And how in Melbourne Patrick wharfies took leave to save redundancies.

A new report finds that while unemployment in Australia is relatively stable in the global economic crisis compared to other countries, under employment is growing.

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Pirates Release Crew

After eight months held as hostages, 11 Indonesian seafarers are returning home.  But concern is spreading in the industry that ransom negotiations are taking too long, Lloyds List reports.

The crew were taken hostage when their tug, the Malaysian-flagged Masindra 7 was finally released last weekend.  Their release follows protracted negotiations between the vessel’s owner, Masindra Shipping, and the pirates who captured it off the Yemen coast on December 16 last year.

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Crew Abandoned In New Zealand

Two of the Burmese crew on board the Liberian ship of shame abandoned when their ship was arrested in Auckland this week have not been paid for a year, one is presumed dead after going missing in heavy seas on route from Chile, most had not spoken to their families in months and all were running short of water and provisions.

The International Transport Workers' Federation and Maritime Union of New Zealand has been assisting the 23 seafarers after the ship, owned by New York company Eastwind Maritime, went bankrupt and Tokyo-based Aozora Bank, which has a mortgage over the ship had it arrested.

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