Last week the MUA executive board decided that both Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten were worthy candidates for the Labor leadership.
Following this decision, the MUA posed a series of questions to both candidates that are integral to the union's policy agenda.
Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten were asked whether they would:Read more
|[Picture: (L to R): Anthony Albanese, Paddy Crumlin & MUA QLD Branch Secretary Mick Carr.|
Anthony Albanese, candidate for the leader of the Labor Party addressed the MUA’s National Council today, focusing his comments on the Labor Party’s policy agenda on shipping, maritime and ports, the next wave of reform in meeting the freight transport challenge and in building infrastructure & infrastructure financing
In introducing Albanese, National Secretary Paddy Crumlin underscored that Albanese had served in a government-- the Rudd-Gillard Federal Labor Government—which had been a strong government in terms of its work in MUA’s key policy areas, and that Albanese, in particular, had been the leading force in advancing MUA priorities as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport in the previous Government.
Albanese emphasised that the Coalition Government is already at work trying to weaken the shipping reform package. “I will not support Coalition attacks on the core of the package which was aimed at revitalising the Australian shipping industry and to promote quality Australian jobs,” he said in his prepared remarks.Read more
As members of the Australian Labor Party engage in an unprecedented democratic consideration regarding the future leader of the party, the Maritime Union of Australia has issued the following statement.
Statement by the Executive Board of the Maritime Union of Australia
At lunchtime, they came by the dozens: workers at the Komatsu heavy mining equipment manufacturing plant in Welshpool taking their meal time to listen to Adrian Evans speak about his plans as a member of Parliament.
About 58 of the 280 workers live in the Hasluck electorate. They are members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, which has been a strong supporter of Evans' campaign.
Evans outlined the dangers of a possible Liberal government, making it clear that Abbott and his sidekicks have no interest in workers and only care about corporate profits. "I've worked all my life to make sure that people like you have rights at work and get a fair go," he told the group, which listened quietly and intently. "We can win this election."Read more
Adrian Evans, WA's Deputy Branch Secretary, is not wasting any time reaching out to voters throughout the electoral seat of Hasluck. The pre-selected Labor candidate was out early this morning before sunrise to greet voters at the Midland train station.
Evans has already reached out to hundreds of voters throughout the district. He understands the challenging environment facing the Labor party. But, putting in the hard yards now--with hundreds of phone calls by Evans himself and daily conversations with voters--will pay off on election day.
The seat of Hasluck has swung back and forth between Labor and the Liberals since it was created in 2001. "The entire union movement in WA is behind our campaign because we all know it's real and genuine and doable," says Evans, as he pauses for a moment from greeting commuters.Read more
MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin asks members to support Adrian Evans, Labor candidate for the seat of Hasluck.Read more
The preselection of Adrian Evans as Labor’s candidate in the Federal electorate of Hasluck in Western Australia has been welcomed by the Maritime Union of Australia, with the union describing him as “a people’s champion of fairness and safety at work.”Read more
The ACTU calls for a real and extensive discussion on job security, following the Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement of a date for the federal Election and a commitment to focus on jobs.Read more
The MUA participated robustly at last weekend's ALP National Conference in Sydney. See clip of National Secretary Paddy Crumlin speaking below.Read more
Speech by Wayne Swan, Deputy PM and Treasurer at "All That's Left: What Labor Should Stand For" book launch, Parliament House, Canberra, yesterdayRead more