The Maritime Union of Australia is calling on politicians to actively defend Australian jobs following the example of Federal Labor politician, Alannah MacTiernan, who yesterday spoke out on behalf of resource workers.
MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin urged politicians from all side of politics to follow suit, to stand up and be counted on promoting local labour.
Maritime unions have descended on Canberra today to speak to members and Senators about the need to protect coastal shipping and jobs on the coast.
The agenda includes the review if the Coastal Trading Act, Offshore Visas and the Seafarers Tax Offset, which is being debated in the lower house today.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) are concerned by comments made in question time yesterday by Transport Minister Warren Truss, who continues to mislead the Australian people as he pursues an ideological agenda in shipping.
Two WA Labor Senators have vocalised their support for the MUA and International Transport Workers’ Federation campaign to get oil and gas giant Chevron to do the right thing.
Today marks two years since the deaths of two workers on the Stena Clyde oil rig in the Bass Strait off the coast of Victoria and still no action has been taken over long-standing safety concerns.
Unions are calling on the Federal Government to launch a review into the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA), which is responsible for the investigation into the deaths.
The Maritime Union of Australia, in conjunction with the Australian Maritime Officers Union, will continue to fight for the right to work in the offshore oil and gas industry.
Workplace Express is reporting that the MUA has threatened that Barrow Island on WA's northwest shelf might be condemned under the International Transport Workers' Federation's "port of convenience" campaign unless energy giant Chevron improves its relations with the union.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUAWA) has deferred strike action at Mermaid Marine’s Dampier supply base, in the hope of reaching a negotiated outcome.
Last week, the MUAWA gave Mermaid Marine notice that 65 stevedores would be taking legal protected action at the wharf for 10 days from 5am Friday 1st August (tomorrow) to 4.59am Monday 10th August.
Maritime unions will proceed to the Federal Court to sort out the Abbott Government’s extraordinary mishandling of the rules covering workers in the offshore oil and gas sector.
A petition calling on Australian Senators to vote against the Abbott Government’s move to water down visa regulations applying to foreign workers in the offshore sector has quickly gathered pace with 12,000 signatures.
The MUA is lobbying the Labor Party, the Greens and all micro-parties in the Senate to ensure jobs in Australia's offshore oil and gas industry remain Australian.