Maritime Union of Australia enters election fray

Maritime Union of Australia enters election fray

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is getting more political in its fight with the Malcolm Turnbull-led government over the future of Australian seafaring. The MUA, which fears foreigners are taking over Australian seafaring jobs thanks to rule changes in Canberra, is campaigning in marginal seats against the ruling coalition, spending on advertising showing the alleged affects of a declining coastal shipping industry.

In recent months two high profile crews have been redundant having staged protests at being replaced by cheaper foreign crews.

“Everyday Australians don’t accept a government that is actively destroying the jobs of its own people,” MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin said .

“The ships don’t leave Australian waters, and should be crewed by Aussie seafarers. These blokes have been sacked for being Australian. This is a message that we will be taking to every community before the federal election and making sure that people know that the Turnbull government is selling off Australian jobs.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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