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
Every vote counts in this very close election. If you are going to be at sea or away from your electorate on Election Day, September 7th, the MUA has been advised that you must contact the Australian Election Commission directly.
If you know you are going to be away on Election day, early polling commences on August 20th. Thus, you can apply to vote via the post using the forms provided here at the bottom of the page or click here to download the form. But, it is advisable to call AEC to check your eligibility.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 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
Unions will, as expected, kick $2 per member into an ACTU campaign war chest each year until 2015 as they step up the fight against the Federal Coalition, conservative state governments and "hostile employers".Read more
The mining and tobacco companies are funding a campaign to defeat Labor in the next election.Read more