Meetings were held in Fremantle and Melbourne, linked by video. The meetings were organised by the ACTU, and chaired by MUA Deputy National Secretary Mick Doleman. More than 30 leading HSRs and delegates, from all major unions in the offshore including MUA, AWU, AMWU and ETU, participated in the discussion.
At the meeting, HSRs and delegates looked at ways of working together to campaign for better safety in the offshore petroleum industry.
Recent incidents highlight the anomaly that Australia’s most hazardous industry has some of the most inferior health and safety laws of any industry.
The worker sustained chest injuries when he was struck by a container at the Patrick’s container terminal. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
Highlighting the fact that wharfies are 14 times more likely to die on the job than the average Australian worker, MUA Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith said that campaigning and organising around safety is a main priority for the union.Read more
The tragic deaths this week of a wharfie from Lyttleton, NZ, working on board a fertiliser vessel, and a TWU member at CBH grain terminal in Kwinana, WA, remind us that no workplace issue is more important than our safety on the job.
2013 has been a big year in safety
It has been a landmark year for safety in our industry. MUA members ramped up our campaign for a stevedoring code of practice - although we continue to face massive obstacles from stevedoring companies who oppose the code.
In seafaring, the MUA delegates have been working hard to establish trained HSRs on-board every vessel. At the same time, we are using the long-standing Seafarers’ Code of Practice more and more to achieve better safety at sea.Read more
The MUA maintains a very close and important relationship with the Maritime Employees Training Limited. METL has a training program running now involving ex-dredge workers from Van Oord. It’s an example of an effective partnership between METL, the MUA and Van Oord. It is seen as a path-breaking industry effort.Read more