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.”