A crowd a couple of hundred strong made the trek out to the Kurnell refinery to tell Caltex that its treatment of the Alexander Spirit crew and the wider working public was unacceptable. In addition to Maritime Union of Australia members, the group was made up of supporters from the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, the Transport Workers’ Union, the Australian Maritime Officers Union, the Fire Brigade Employee’s Union, the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.+ More details
Maritime Union of Australia Deputy National Secretary, White Ribbon Ambassador of the year, longest serving Victorian Trades Hall Council President, shipwreck survivor, stalwart and mentor to many, Mick Doleman announced at the recent National Council that he will not contest the MUA elections next year. Mick, 59, has been a member of the Maritime Union of Australia for 43 years after he went to work at sea at the tender age of 16, although his first time aboard a ship was years earlier when he joined his seafaring father as a stowaway, or ringbolt as it’s known in the industry. He started his career aboard a Shell Tanker called the Solen as a relieving deckboy. “It was the first time I had a single cabin on my own, with my own shower and not have to share everything with my three brothers,” Mick recalled. Early on in his seafaring career Mick became an Australian celebrity having survived the Blythe Star disaster after the ship sank off the coast of Tasmania when he was only 18. Mick rarely speaks about this moment in his history and requested the details of the time were left omitted. Following this he spent years on dozens of ships that traded along Australia’s coast and internationally, making his way up from deckboy to bucko (ordinary seaman), to able seaman. Eventually he became bosun on the Seaway Melbourne before leaving the seafaring lifestyle to take up office at the Seamen’s Union of Australia Victorian Branch. In 1984 Mick was elected as Assistant Victorian Branch Secretary of the Seamen’s Union of Australia. Three years later he headed up the branch and became the longest serving Victorian Trades Hall President. In 1993 Mick became an integral part of the amalgamation, sitting down to nut out the new union rules with current National Secretary Paddy Crumlin, and other former National Officials John Coombs and Jimmy Tannock, Pat Geraghty and John Ryan from Ryan Carlisle Thomas Lawyers. The 1997 National Council agreed to have Mick move into National Office, first as National Organiser. The following year he was elected as Assistant National Secretary alongside John Coombs as National Secretary, Paddy Crumlin as Deputy National Secretary, Jimmy Tannock as Assistant. Not long into his National Office tenure, he was faced with the infamous 1998 Patrick’s waterfront dispute. He still maintains a leadership position in negotiating the Patrick’s terminal EBA for the union. Another campaign Mick will be long remembered for, inside and outside the union movement, was his dedication to eradicating violence against women. Filmed by Darrin Barnett Maritime Union of Australia - National Communications Director and edited by Jamie McMechan Maritime Union of Australia - Film Unit.+ More details
The public forum was hosted by the Maritime Union of Australia (WA Branch) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation ITF. Mike Smith, Elected Official of the United Steelworkers’ Union Local 5 in Richmond California, has travelled to Perth to address the meeting in person. Maritime Union Western Australian Branch Secretary Chris Cain said Western Australians needed to understand the risks as Chevron seeks to bring its Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG plants online over the next few years. “Research undertaken by the University of Sydney has shown stuff-up after stuff-up during the construction phase on Gorgon, and the MUA is very concerned that this culture of mistakes will cross-over to the much more hazardous operational phase of the project,” Mr Cain said. “In California a couple of years ago, we saw a disastrous fire at a Chevron plant, which saw 15,000 people sent to hospital. Only last week, there was another fire at the plant and it was very fortunate nobody was injured. “We are very lucky to have Mayor McLaughlin and Mike Smith to be able to talk to us in Perth this week and discuss the challenges of dealing with a company like Chevron.” Mr Cain said the forum was open to the public and media. “We will welcome all members of the public and media to the forum, where members of the audience will be able to ask questions of our speakers and participate in the discussion. “With Gorgon being built on a A-Class nature reserve, and Wheatstone being built close to onshore communities, it is vitally important that all Western Australians have an understanding of Chevron’s safety record.”+ More details
Maritime Union Of Australia National Secretary and International Transport Workers' Federation President, Paddy Crumlin & Maritime Union of New Zealand National President Garry Parsloe introduce the iconic charity event "War On The Wharves 3" held at South's Juniors on 9 April 2014. The burly boxers from both sides of the Tasman raised in excess of $38,500 which has been donated to the "Sydney Children's Hospital" at Randwick. Produced by Jamie McMechan Maritime Union of Australia - Film Unit.+ More details
Maritime Union of Australia National Secretary Paddy Crumlin has described Bob Crow as a true internationalist who encouraged trade unionists, civil rights advocates and politically progressive people in every field of endeavour. Crow, the general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, died aged 52 early on Tuesday morning in an east London hospital after reportedly suffering an aneurysm and a heart attack. Crow was a figure of controversy in the United Kingdom who never shied away from a fight in defence of his members. He also made a memorable speech at the MUA Quadrennial Conference in Sydney in 2012 where he spoke passionately about the many battles facing working people across the world. Mr Crumlin, who is also President of the International Transport Workers' Federation said: "Bob Crow was a worker and a leader of working women and men of his union, his country and the world. His unassailable courage, moral persistence, generosity of spirit and inevitable humour inspired and encouraged trade unionists , civil rights advocates and politically progressive human beings in every field of endeavour to be more effective and try harder for a better and more equitable life for all regardless of race gender age or material circumstance. "Bob was unrelenting in the active prosecution of this vision of a better world. His commitment started with the seafarers and rail workers of his union the RMT and flowed inexorably into the lives of all working people seeking affirmation and justice in the face of often extraordinary deprivation and persecution. "He spoke with the honesty and directness of his actions and commitments. He was above all a family man who understood that the real wealth and value of our lives also springs from a loving nurturing of those closest to us. Our parents, partners children and extended family. "Our deepest and most sincerest sympathies and thoughts reach out to his wife Nicky and children at this most tragic and heart wrenching point in the hope that may ease their great pain in some way. "Vale Bob our great friend and comrade, constant source of our determination for a more just and humane world,. A man greatly loved respected and admired by all those that believe that the workplace and communities of our lives belong to the many and not just the few. A man of family and friendship. A true internationalist and constant advocate for peace and true justice for all." Crow had been the RMT's leader since 2001, growing a reputation as a militant champion of workers, with his apparently unfashionable politics seeing the union add tens of thousands of recruits after it repeatedly won pay rises for its members. Crow's most recent high-profile battle was over the future of London Underground, with talks continuing after strikes last month. MUA Deputy National Secretary Mick Doleman said he had lost a friend. "I'm proud to say I considered Bob as a mate, and I greatly admired his tenacity in representing his members and the working class in general. Bob never gave a hoot about his general popularity and was the target of many a hate campaign from the notorious UK media and those purporting to be conscience and commentators of the English upper class who have never supported workers, let alone their leaders," Mr Doleman said. "Bob truly did reflect the adage "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" and never allowed negativity to cloud his vision for his great union, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers. "Our hearts go out to Nicky his loving wife and his family who stuck solid with Bob and of course our condolences to the executive and rank and file of the union. Bob was a character larger than life and will be sadly missed by the working class he represented with such honour." Produced by Jamie McMechan Maritime Union of Australia - Film Unit & Mich-Elle Myers Maritime Union of Australia - Women's Liaison Officer / National EAS Coordinator.+ More details
Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and President of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), has issued this message following the death of former MUA union official James Trevor Tannock. Dear Comrades & Friends, I'm deeply saddened to report that Jim Tannock, retired Deputy National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia, passed away in the early hours of 13th September at his home on the Gold Coast in the company of his wife Vicki. He was greatly loved by, and loved his family, including Vicki, his constant companion during the illness, who in recent months had stopped work completely to be his full time carer. The union and the ITF extends our deepest sympathies and condolences to all the family, including his children, Nikki, Brett and Lance, his first wife, Jenny, his brother, Larry and his sister, Marce, and his grandchildren, Jaiden, Shanae, Bradley and Matthew and his niece, Chantelle. Vale Jim Tannock. Worker, leader, friend and comrade. A true trade unionist, internationalist and fighter for peace and freedom. A family man. Now at peace. Sincerely and in unity, Paddy Crumlin National Secretary Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) President International Transport Workers Federations (ITF) Produced by Jamie McMechan from the Maritime Union of Australia - Film Unit & Russ Hermann from Spontaneous Productions.+ More details
MUA and ITF President Paddy Crumlin has opened the 2012 MUA national conference, welcoming a range of delegates and international guests. Highlighting the policy and strategy for the next four years, Mr Crumlin covered several topics including international solidarity, technological advances and preparing the youth to ensure that the union continues to fight from the front. Celebrating the MUA's 140th anniversary, Mr Crumlin stressed the importance of keeping the MUA strong. The MUA's strength would only continue through the union's active rank and file, domestic alliances with the other unions and the ITF. "You need to have a go," he said. "You need strong unions to have industrial leverage as we are living in a shrinking world and we need to be prepared to fight the issues." Mr Crumlin welcomed more than 250 delegates from state and territory branches, plus guests from some of the world's most powerful trade unions. Posted by Jamie McMechan Maritime Union of Australia - Film Unit Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) http://www.amwu.asn.au/ Australian Workers Union (AWU) http://www.awu.net.au/ Construction Forestry Mining & Energy Union (CFMEU) http://www.cfmeu.asn.au/ Electrical Trades Union (ETU) http://www.etunational.asn.au/ Maritime Union Of Australia (MUA) http://www.mua.org.au/ Public Service Association of NSW http://www.psa.labor.net.au/ Unions NSW (Unions NSW) http://www.unionsnsw.org.au/ Australian Council Of Trade Union (ACTU) http://www.actu.org.au/ International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) http://www.itfglobal.org/ International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) http://www.ituc-csi.org/+ More details
Shipping Reform was screened at the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) National Conference 2012. Produced by Fabio Cavadini, Mandy King & Jamie McMechan from the Maritime Union of Australia - Film Unit. Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) http://www.mua.org.au Australian Council of Trade Union (ACTU) http://www.actu.org.au/ International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) http://www.itfglobal.org International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) http://www.ituc-csi.org/+ More details
"MUA Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Members Speak" was screened at the Maritime Union of Australia National Conference 2012. Produced by Fabio Cavadini, Mandy King & Jamie McMechan from the Maritime Union of Australia - Film Unit. Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) http://www.mua.org.au Australian Council of Trade Union (ACTU) http://www.actu.org.au/ International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) http://www.itfglobal.org International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) http://www.ituc-csi.org/+ More details
International Unionism was screened at the Maritime Union of Australia National Conference 2012. Produced by Fabio Cavadini, Mandy King & Jamie McMechan from the Maritime Union of Australia - Film Unit. Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) http://www.mua.org.au Australian Council of Trade Union (ACTU) http://www.actu.org.au/ International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) http://www.itfglobal.org International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) http://www.ituc-csi.org/+ More details
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