The Maritime Union of Australia is calling for Federal authorities to stop two foreign-owned tug boats contaminated with potentially deadly asbestos from leaving Newcastle.
The Australian crews of The Warrego and The Warrunda first raised the alarm several months ago when they found suspicious white dust on board the Chinese made vessels.
MUA members are a generous bunch and this charitable spirit was exhibited in true MUA-style last week when delegates attending the 2014 Tugboat Conference pieced together more than $1000 to help a three-year-old boy.
Deckhands in Port Hedland have voted to take industrial action, after failing to negotiate a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement with tugboat operator Teekay Shipping.
In a secret ballot conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission, 98% of Maritime Union of Australia members voted to take action.
The members endorsed an unlimited number of 2 hour and 4 hour stop work meetings and unlimited work stoppages of 6 hours and 12 hours.
More than 35 tugboat workers from around the country have descended on the MUA’s specialised training facility at St Georges Basin to kick-off the 2014 Towage Conference.