The union brokered a deal, but the company reneged bringing the vessel back onto the coast as the Stadacona flying the Bahamas flag with a Ukrainian crew.
A year later the company and the maritime unions were back in court. In a major blow to foreign shipping and the Howard government, the High Court ruled that the Australian Industrial Relations Commission had jurisdiction over foreign ships and crew carrying Australian domestic cargo on our coast.
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.
Its the working people who are suffering most from this conflict, he said. And its the workers and their unions who can begin a lasting peace process on the ground.
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.
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.
We've sent in around 100 video petitions, said MUA Womens Liaison Officer Mich-Elle Myers. And MUA men are part of the campaign. Its not just women who are behind it.
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.
Trevor Moore, 43, IR, was killed tragically on board the Karratha Spirit on Christmas Eve.
He was the second seafarer to die in a matter of weeks in work-related incidents aboard Australian-crewed vessels. These were the first mortalities in Australian seagoing job accidents in 14 years.
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
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.
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
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.