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MUA On Board Ship Advisory Group

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese announced the board members of the Shipping Policy Advisory Group on February 16. The group will help the government respond to the ‘Rebuilding Australia's Coastal Shipping Industry’ report produced late last year by a bipartisan parliamentary committee.

The group will review the committee's recommendations and advise the minister on initiatives needed to revitalise Australia's critical shipping industry.

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Union Peace Plan For Middle East

Paddy Crumlin, MUA national secretary and ITF executive board member will be visiting the Middle East later this year, to promote the International Transport Workers’ initiative to bring the workers of Israel and Palestine together.


“It’s the working people who are suffering most from this conflict,” he said. “And it’s the workers and their unions who can begin a lasting peace process on the ground.”

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Time To Deliver

The Maritime Union has joined the ACTU campaign for 14 weeks paid maternity leave emailing video petitions to MPs while ensuring all agreements include paid leave for both men and women.
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We'’ve sent in around 100 video petitions,” said MUA Women’s Liaison Officer Mich-Elle Myers. “And MUA men are part of the campaign. It’s not just women who are behind it.”

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Firestorm

Peter surveys the destruction from the top of a mountain looking down into the Glenburn Valley – population 179 – in the Yarra Ranges northeast of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The smoke haze covers everything. A small fire is still burning to the west.
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Just imagine Gaza and that’s pretty much what you’ve got a picture off,” he said.

Peter Gray was in Tasmania on a motorcycle ride on the Saturday afternoon he heard about the fires. February 8.

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Chesty Bonds Blockade

The joint union action was the first initiated by the fledgling Australian Federation of Transport Unions comprising the Maritime Union, the Transport Workers’ Union and the Rail Tram and Bus Union.

Unions were tipped off that the factory gear was being shipped out and decided to take a stand. Together members of the MUA (covering the wharves), the Transport Workers' Union (covering truck drivers) and the Rail Tram and Bus Union (covering rail) are refusing to move the machinery from any Pacific Brands factory. The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association has also joined the boycott.

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My Homeland Is The MUA

“My homeland is the MUA,” says Maz.

His family come from Jerusalem, but after the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, like so many Palestinians lived in exile.
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We were in Lebanon until the Israeli invasion in 1982 when we fled to Jordan,” says Maz.
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But with the 1993 Oslo Accords, which provided for the creation of a Palestinian Authority and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip and West Bank, the family returned to Palestine. There Maz worked for the Israeli heavy vehicle manufacturing corporation Caterpillar for three years.
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NATIONAL OHS BULLETIN NO.3

2) Meeting with CEO and Deputy CEO of NOPSA

3) RET Crane Competencies Working Group

4) NOPSA Accommodation Working Group

5) The Rudd Government review seeking to harmonise OHS legislation (Acts, Regulations and Guidance material) in Australia

6) Progress with the Bill to establish Safe Work Australia

7) Employment and Workplace Relations Amendment Bill - Seacare

8) Review of NOPSA - no action by Minister Ferguson as yet

9) MO32 Final Submission

 

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Albanese and Kelty To Speak At Book Launch

The Hon Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government and Bill Kelty, Government advisor, company director and former Secretary of the ACTU, will tomorrow launch a book that details the series of influential campaigns for democracy by Australia's seafarers and maritime workers.

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Eight Killed In Helicopter Crash

The Super Puma is the same type of helicopter used to carry workers to and from work on the North West Shelf and Timor Sea in the Australian oil and gas industry

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Australia Marks 40 Years Of Box Trade

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the first dedicated container ship in Sydney - an event that heralded a new era in shipping which revolutionised world trade.

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