By Heath Aston
A company involved in Australia's biggest gas project is embroiled in a scandal in Europe over its support for a convicted Nazi war criminal.Read more
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is demanding that Allseas Group SA, the owner of a ship that honours convicted Nazi war criminal Pieter Schelte, immediately change the vessel’s name.Read more
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Repeal Bill 2014, introduced into federal parliament today, would, if passed, remove Labor's answer to the Federal Court's 2012 Allseas ruling.
Labor's Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Bill 2013 amended the Migration Act 1950 to provide that anyone participating in, or supporting, an offshore resources activity is taken to be in the Australian migration zone.
This followed the Federal Court finding that two vessels of Swiss-based Allseas Construction were not operating inside Australia's "migration zone" as defined in s5(1) of the Act while installing pipelines for the Gorgon and Jansz gas fields, and as a result were not breaching any Australian laws by engaging non-citizens without 457 visas (see Related Article).
|[Picture: MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin]|
The Maritime Union of Australia today welcomed the passage of legislation that puts in place a critical fix to a serious gap in the Migration Act.
The bill closes a gap in the Migration Act that was exposed in the Federal Court judgement in the Allseas case in 2012. The gap meant that the Australian Government was currently unable to regulate employment and visa conditions for workers on nearly all projects in the offshore oil and gas industry that are located outside the Migration Zone.
This new legislation will deem those workers to be inside the Migration Zone.
MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin has called for the immediate withdrawal of the appointment of AMMA Executive Director, Industry, Ms Minna Knight, as a Commissioner with the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) following her public comments made in the West Australian yesterday.Read more
The Australian Government’s announcement today that it will amend the Migration Act to clarify whether guest workers on offshore projects need to have 457 visas has been welcomed as a great win for offshore workers by the Maritime Union of Australia.
“Australian workers were excluded by one operator from working on one of these nationally important,high risk and rapidly growing projects through exploiting a technicality in the law,” MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said.
EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The Maritime Union wants the Federal Government to close a legislative loophole that allows an overseas company to employ foreign workers in Australian waters without 457 visas.Read more
Australian jobs and foreign workers' rights could be at risk aboard ships laying pipes for the $43 billion Gorgon project unions claimed at a rally today, amid growing debate over foreign workers sparked by Hancock Prospecting's decision to use more than a thousand on the Roy Hills project.Read more
MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin has met with Immigration Minister Chris Bowen to discuss the union's campaign to support the jobs of Australian workers in the offshore oil and gas industry.Read more