Yesterday marked one year since Toll delegate Anthony Attard was killed on the wharf at Melbourne and to commemorate the occasion members held a ceremony at his workplace.
Against the odds, the Maritime Union of Australia achieved an upset win in its ongoing campaign for a National Stevedoring Code of Practice with members of Safe Work Australia yesterday voting to approve it as a code.
Ever since it was elected, the Abbott Government has attacked the living standards of Australian Workers. Now, our safety on the job is under threat. The latest casualty is Marine Order 32 - the bible for wharfie safety. Meanwhile, the Government has blocked the National Stevedoring Code of Practice (NSCOP), along with 12 other lifesaving codes. It's time to fight back.
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The MUA joins Maritime Union of New Zealand in mourning Lyttelton Branch President Brad Fletcher who died at work on Thursday.
MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin passed on his condolences to Brad’s family on behalf of the union.
The national safety regulator has shown it is at the behest of big business after downgrading safety regulations that had the potential to save lives and prevent injury at work.
The Maritime Union of Australia is calling for urgent input from members for the Abbott Government’s surprise review of model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Laws.
The MUA notched a big win in its meeting with senior Toll management in the aftermath of the death of Anthony Attard. Friday's meeting (27.6.14) was held on the back of the MUA occupation of Toll’s Sydney office on the 18th June by 150 MUA members, many attending the Bulk and General Safety Conference, outraged at Toll’s behaviour in the wake of the Port Melbourne fatality. A full report is submitted by Assistant Secretary Warren Smith. As well, Smith recommends that members read the analysis of the Behavioural Based Safety (BBS) produced by the ACTU with the apt title, "Big Brother Safety Kit".
The mood at this year’s Bulk & General Conference was understandably sombre, with members from around the country, convening in Sydney, just one month after the death of Melbourne delegate, Anthony Attard.
No More Death Toll
Management at Toll did not not know what hit them when 150 emotional MUA members occupied their offices at Homebush, Sydney.
On 18 June, MUA members will take action in Sydney to draw attention to the safety crisis in stevedoring. The union is stepping up its Waterfront Safety Campaign after the recent death of Anthony Attard, tragically killed in Melbourne last month.
The rally will target a major affiliate of the Australian Logistics Council, who publicly called for stevedoring safety regulation to be scrapped on the very day of Anthony's funeral.
Buses will depart MUA office, 365 Sussex St, at 3pm.
Or meet us there, right next to ANZ Stadium, 3/5 Uhrig Rd, Homebush Bay, at 4pm.
Members are welcome to join us to watch State of Origin at a city venue after the rally.
RSVP here. Get on board, it's going to be a big one.