As a seafarer who spends half my life at sea with few or no females, spending 2 days alongside 140 trail blazing women was a life altering experience. In November, 140 women gathered in Sydney for WIMDOI NSW 2018. Innovative women laying the foundations, setting the standards, enduring hardships, battling prejudice, and forging a path for future generations of women to work unhindered in male dominated occupations and industries.
I’ve been an MUA member for over 22 years. My partner Sheena and I have been together for 12 years and have been engaged with the intention to get married, for over 11, we have 3 beautiful kids.
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.
On March 11 Sydney streets filled with women for the International Women's Day March
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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.
Bonnie Crow, Tasmania Branch and Karen Sewell, South Australia Branch were nominated by the national women's committee to attend the CFMEU National Conference
MUA National Women's Committee representative Krista Grace attended the first RMTU women's conference in New Zealand
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.
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
Two MUA women have won awards this week highlighting their strength and commitment to our union and industry.
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.
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.
The MUA has cemented their strength in the areas of women and youth having both candidates elected into their respective positions as ITF Representatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The MUA wholeheartedly welcomes the proposed Senate Inquiry into domestic violence announced last week.
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.