One year on, workmates, family and friends gathered in the Newcastle union rooms to pay tribute to Australian seafarer Trevor Moore who died tragically in a workplace accident off Karratha on Christmas Eve, 2008Read more
Jim Bourne, Balmain boy, former Newcastle port secretary of the Stewards' Union and veteran activist died peacefully on Friday October 16.
Long time friend and shipwright Jack Catley was at the hospital on Jim's last day.
"He went out like a gentleman," said Jack. "A courageous gentleman. I was there with him and his wife, Rose. The doctor said he could last a bit longer if he got some treatment for the cancer, but Jim said no. The doctor knew, Jim knew, his wife knew, I knew, there wasn't long to go. He died 20 minutes after I left the hospital.
"'I'm going now, Jim,' I said. 'What do you want to back in the Caulfield Cup?' Jimmy had been saying he fancied a horse called C'est la guerre, but as I was going he decided to go out on Harris Tweed. I went to the pub and backed him 1000 to 20."
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of John Garrett, former National Secretary of the Fireman and Deck Hands Union and Deputy Branch Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia up until his retirement in 2003.Read more
Vale Alan Oliver, veteran seafarer, union activist and, in the words of National Secretary Paddy Crumlin, "wordsmith extraordinaire, the Damon Runyon of the Australian maritime and international working class".Read more
His death was announced at ACTU Congress today. National Secretary Paddy Crumlin addressed the Congress, paying tribute to Greg's union work and his support of the Transport workers union alliance with TWU MUA and RTBU. The national secretary extended the MUA's condolences to Greg's family and union. Congress stood for one minute's silence.
"Greg, was fighting cancer for some time," National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said in a circular to councillors. "He faced his illness with great courage and character. He was an inspiration to all who worked with him and knew him."
The officers, staff and members pass on our deepest sympathies and condolences to his wife Liz and his family and the officers, staff and members of the RTBU.
Garry was a tireless supporter and advocate for our union and the labour movement, and spent much time on the Patrick Picket line in the front row of opposition to the criminal conspiracy against our union.Read more