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.
2011 presents opportunities as well as problems for MUA members and the union must continue to work hard to secure and build on our industrial, political and economic rights.
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.
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 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.
The newly-created fund represents the union of two of the countrys 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, hed been on the waterfront for 40 years, and he was walking out the gate with his last weeks 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 wouldnt have even paid the rent.
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.
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