Honest, Australian jobs should not be replaced with exploited $2/hour workers.
Australia’s fuel security and natural environment should not be put at risk.Read more
Yesterday, more than 60 people turned out to a snap rally outside Viva Energy's offices in Melbourne to protest the decision to throw Australian seafarers from the Tandara Spirit on the scrap heap.
The Tandara Spirit campaign was a topic of discussion at the International Transport Workers' Federation Fair Practices Committee in London and participants passed a motion in support of the tanker's crew and the wider MUA campaign.Read more
By Heath Aston
Two giant petrol tankers capable of carrying more than 100,000 tonnes of fuel between them will be floating at anchor in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay by Friday afternoon.
Their task is the temporary storage of fuel byproduct from Shell's former Geelong refinery, now owned by Viva Energy.
The timing of the job is uncomfortable for Viva Energy, which has told its only Australian tanker crews that they are no longer needed due to rising road-transported demand in Victoria.Read more
The MUA is furious at multi-billion dollar Swiss energy company Vitol’s decision to sack members working on-board the product tanker Tandara Spirit.
Vitol (also known as Viva Energy) is a private $300 billion oil trading company that bought Shell's downstream business in Australia for $2.9 billion three months ago. Vitol boast that they have more than 200 ships at sea at any one time. Yet as soon as they bought into the Australian petroleum business, they are stealthily sacking Australian crew and undermining Australian fuel security.Read more