Women's News

Mad Menstrual May: a report by Brenda Easton

Most of the female staff working on board SPOT 1&2 are MUA members. In the last 5 or so years there have been a small core of us who actively participate in union activities and activism. Of those that volunteer on various committees, most of those have attended some union training, attended conferences, served as onboard delegates and have graduated from the Anna Stewart program. As the Spirits are hospitality based we are continually challenged to embrace new crew members that may or may not come from a trade union background, and they may not initially be receptive to being involved in any form of unionism.

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International Women's Day March - Sydney

On March 11 Sydney streets filled with women for the International Women's Day March

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MUA Women Marched with Women Around the World

In January 2017, we saw global women’s marches that drew thousands onto the streets of Sydney and then around the world…. These marches were held on the day of the inauguration of Donald Trump but they became so much more. It turned into a day for women from all walks of life, that felt marginalised, disaffected, forgotten, lost or angry to take to the streets with a homemade sign and tell someone, anyone, why they were there.

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MUA Women at CFMEU National Conference

Bonnie Crow, Tasmania Branch and Karen Sewell, South Australia Branch were nominated by the national women's committee to attend the CFMEU National Conference

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RMTU Inaugural Women's Forum: New Zealand

MUA National Women's Committee representative Krista Grace attended the first RMTU women's conference in New Zealand

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Working Women Organise For Equality in Male Dominated Workplaces

There are many struggles for women in the workplace and when that workplace is male dominated the struggles are more amplified.
 
Biannually Women in Male Dominated Occupations and Industries (WiMDOI) gather to discuss these struggles and form initiatives on how to overcome issues both in the workplace and at home.

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ACTU Women's Conference 2014

The MUA sent a delegation of rank-and-file women to attend a two-day ACTU Women’s Conference in Melbourne in August. This report was compiled by attendees Fremantle tug worker Karen Wheatland and seafarer Sarah Maguire

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MUA Women Awarded For Excellence

Two MUA women have won awards this week highlighting their strength and commitment to our union and industry.

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Gender Pay Gap Increase Reinforces Need to Fight

Women, feminists and supporters turned out in droves for the inaugural Unions NSW Equal Pay dinner at Cockle Bay in Sydney to highlight the fact that the gap between men and women’s pay has actually increased. 

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Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald: A Leader in the Struggle

The MUA, in conjunction with the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, has invited two Sinn Fein leaders to Australia as supporters of the Irish party’s cause. 

One of the leaders was Sinn Fein Vice President Mary Lou McDonald, who is tipped to take over the party upon Gerry Adams’ retirement.

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Myers and Cain Representing the MUA on the World Stage

The MUA has cemented their strength in the areas of women and youth having both candidates elected into their respective positions as ITF Representatives.

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International Unions Jump Onboard MUA's White Ribbon Campaign

In launching its own White Ribbon Campaign the Federation of Transport Trade Unions of Bulgaria have recognised the efforts of the Maritime Union of Australia.

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MUA Women at ALP Women's Conference

3 MUA Women attended the ALP Women's conference in August in Canberra. Linda Morich, WA OHS Officer, Mary Prout, Stevedore and Ashleigh Telford, MUA National Office joined 300 women to debate the issues important to women in the Labor Party.

 

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Revisiting Affirmative Action: National Labor Women’s Conference 2014

Three MUA Women attended the ALP Women's Conference held in Canberra in August. Linda Morich, WA OHS Officer, Mary Prout, Stevedore and Ashleigh Telford, MUA National Communications Officer joined 300 women to debate the issues important to women in the Labor Party.

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Pregnancy Discrimination Highlights Need For Changes to Workplace Laws

The Human Rights Commission’s report into pregnancy and return to work highlights the need for the Government to strengthen workplace laws to stop discrimination against women at work.

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Thirty Years of the Anna Stewart Memorial Project

National women’s committee member, Krista Grace, is also a participant in the Anna Stewart Memorial Project. As part of the project Krista spent a week shadowing the officials in the Victorian Branch.

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Inquiry Into Domestic Violence A Step In The Right Direction

The MUA wholeheartedly welcomes the proposed Senate Inquiry into domestic violence announced last week.

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The Abbott Budget: What It Means For Women

It has been the practice for over thirty years for Federal Governments to produce a Women’s Budget Statement as one element of the official Budget Papers.  In 2014 this practice ceased without explanation from the Government.

The National Foundation for Australian Women, a non-politically aligned feminist organisation, in conjunction with experts from a range of organisations, has taken up the task of analysing the implications of the Budget 2014-15 through a gender lens.

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MUA Calls For Allegations of Sexism to be Investigated

The Maritime Union of Australia in WA has threatened to take Mermaid Marine to the Equal Opportunity Commission if it continues to refuse to investigate an allegation of sexism in the workplace.

 

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Iron Boat Day Honours Women in Shipping

Out on the waterfront at Newcastle harbour the sun shined on the 200 Maritime Union of Australia members and supporters who had gathered to celebrate Iron Boat day, which this year coincided with International Women’s Day.

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