Australian Senate Rejects Offshore Foreign Worker Visa Plan
Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry. A petition calling on Australian Senators to vote against the Abbott Government’s move to water down visa regulations applying to foreign workers in the offshore sector gathered 12,000 signatures in recent days. MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said Maritime Crew Visas were never intended for use in the offshore resources industry. “The Government are the ones who undermined the intent of the Gillard Government’s legislation by inserting an inappropriate class of visa,” Mr Crumlin said. “If there is any
Port Worker Crushed to Death in Jakarta
, the second workplace fatality at the Port of Jakarta in three weeks. “Every worker deserves to come home safely at the end of their shift and our thoughts go out to this man’s family, friends and co-workers,” said International Transport Workers’ Federation President Paddy Crumlin. “While we cannot pre-empt the findings of an official inquiry, ICTSI has a demonstrably poor record when it comes to safety in the workplace."
ITF Repeats Call for Rotterdam Dialogue as Dockers Protest
by the FNV Havens union. On Sunday the vessel Alsvin loaded containers at RWG, in what was believed to be a test operation. It then moved to the ECT terminal in Rotterdam to discharge them. Dockers refused to unload them. ITF president and chair of the ITF dockers’ section, Paddy Crumlin, stated, “Rotterdam is a giant among the world’ ports and should be a model of good industrial relations. It is notable that all the operators there bar one have signed agreements with the union representing its workers. This is despite many previous warnings and widespread concern
MLC Enters New Chapter’ for Seafarers' Rights
a sectoral meeting to discuss decent work in the inland navigation sector.“The adoption of the resolution concerning decent work in the inland navigation sector is a very welcomed and timely addition to the positive outcome of third session of the Special Tripartite Committee”, remarked Paddy Crumlin, the ITF president.“This is the acknowledgment that the inland navigation personnel are faced with unique living and working conditions that require special consideration.“Whilst we celebrate for the adoption of this resolution, our support and thoughts are with our inland navigation