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Sunscreens The New Asbestos?

Nanotechnology is hailed as a having enormous potential in the creation of new products and devices and is now used in over 800 everyday items including some sunscreens, cosmetics, bed sheets, building materials and paints. But, like the fine asbestos fibre, there are growing concerns it can kill

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Crew Fights Off Pirates

MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin offers assistance to US seafarers union after latest pirate attack off Somali Coast.

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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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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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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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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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Workers Killed in Helicopter Crash

Another helicopter crashed into the North Sea last week, while carrying rigs workers to shore. All sixteen people on board are confirmed dead.

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Wharfies Offer The Shirts Off Their Backs

In Brisbane wharfies at the Patrick terminal offered to give the shirts off their backs if the company would give the money they saved on workplace issue clothing to the Victorian bushfire appeal. It was Patrick Terminal member Chris Vane who first suggested that members volunteer to forgo their next workplace clothing on the proviso the company donates the money. But Deputy Branch Secretary Trevor Munday reports local management now prefers a suggestion from members to donate a sick day instead.

In Sydney Deputy Branch Secretary Glen Wood reports both DP World and Patrick wharfies agreed to donate $50 each, with the Patrick workers also donating last years Christmas bonus/company gift vouchers of $50. In total Patrick Port Botany wharfies raised $42,000, he reports.

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Ship Out WorkChoices

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.

 

 

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A Place In The Sun

The newly-created fund represents the union of two of the country’s longest-running super funds. Behind the merger is a tale of two parallel struggles – from adversity to eventual triumph.

Former SERF Chairman John Coombes remembers a Friday afternoon back in 1968 when he was walking up the gangway with an “old chap” who said it was his last day: “It seemed strange to me, only being new on the waterfront, that nothing had been said, nothing had been done. Here he was, he’d been on the waterfront for 40 years, and he was walking out the gate with his last week’s salary to be picked up and that was all. And I thought to myself, what a harsh industry – and it was a harsh industry in those days.”

The wharfies and the seafarers were among the first blue collar workers in Australia to get super. Before the funds were established, workers were forced to live off a social service pension which, as John recalls, “in many circumstances wouldn’t have even paid the rent”.

 

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