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Creation of Strategic Fleet a Vital step to securing Australia’s Fuel Security and Viability of Shipping Industry

Maritime workers have welcomed Labor’s commitment today that it will create a strategic fleet if elected, saying the plan will not only ensure the nation’s fuel security during times of global economic or political instability, but will also ensure the future viability of Australia’s shipping industry.

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Labor Commits to Save Australian Shipping

A Shorten Labor Government will enhance Australia's economic sovereignty and national security by creating a Strategic Fleet to secure our access to fuel supplies, even in times of global instability. Australia relies on shipping to move 99 per cent of our imports and exports - it is in Australia's economic, environmental and national security interests to maintain a vibrant maritime industry

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AFR: ACTU demands industry funds act against BHP

Trade unions have demanded 30 union-backed industry superannuation funds use their leverage as shareholders to pressure mining giant BHP to save the jobs of 80 local seafarers who work on ships hauling iron ore.

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Australia’s first offshore wind farm being stalled by Morrison Government

Development of Australia’s first offshore wind farm, which would power up to 1.2 million homes, has been stalled by Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s failure to sign off on an exploration license allowing a detailed assessment of the wind resource to commence.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Stevedores to hold strike ballot after DP World threatens conditions

Workers at Australia’s largest stevedore have been granted approval from the Fair Work Commission to hold a ballot allowing protected strike action in response to what the maritime union described as an “extraordinary act of corporate irresponsibility aimed specifically at hurting workers and their families”.

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Seafarers from across the globe are joining local maritime workers in their fight to get the Federal Government to save Australia's shipping industry.

The union movement is learning from Canadian seafarers, who fought and won a similar battle to protect local jobs.

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SIU of Canada rally in solidarity with Australian seafarers

Canadian and Australian seafarers stand up and fight back to strengthen protections for maritime worker

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Hutchison Rejects Peace Deal

Hutchison workers will continue with work bans after discussions this week where the company persisted with claims that will see automation including remote controlling and outsourcing continue to be pursued. 

 

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DPW embraces corporate thuggery to attack workers and their families

The MUA bargaining team continues to work toward an agreement for DPW workers in the face of quite incredible provocation from the company. The brutal and immoral DPW decision to remove Income Protection (IP) from the workforce is an incredible act of disrespect and uncaring corporate muscle-flexing designed to pressure workers to accept an EBA that doesn’t deal with our concerns.

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ITF Press Release: Wage theft exposed on BlueScope chartered ship

Wage theft aboard a BlueScope chartered foreign-flagged ship in Port Kembla has been exposed after intervention from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).

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