The following, written on 11 September 2020, by Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), is about the attempt of shipping companies, especially Shipping Australia, to attack the union and working conditions under the cover of Covid-19. This is going on right now. The union has adopted a strategy to campaign with the minimal disruption to the wider community. But the situation remains tense. Shipping Australia is trying to put out that union action on the job is causing too much disruption and are undoubtedly pressing their political mates to act against the union. But Paddy Crumlin explains, it is their actions that are causing the problems.
Australian Unions are fighting to protect the jobs, wages, and rights of every worker in Australia. Australians need fairer and better rights at work. The Australian council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has been invited into talks with employers and the Morrison government, on paper, this is about how to get the economy going again.
Many who strongly suspect that the intention of the government take from workers. Employer organisations have made it clear that they wish to stop wage increase and impose greater labour flexibility, which means more casual and part time jobs. The ACTU is expected to agree.
ACTU Secretary Sally McManus puts the case for participation in the talks, and insists that improving wage s share in the economy, and reducing the casualisation of work are core demands. They will not be given away, she insists.
This year, instead of the usual activities held during the week around 1 May, the main focus was on a Webinar held on Sunday 3 May. It went well, despite the occasional technical hitch. Those who joined in responded quite enthusiastically, and the resolution read out was approved by overwhelming acclaim.
The clip below takes a little while to start. Please be patient. It will come, despite the occasional technical hitch. The clip below takes a little while to start.
Official site of the May Day Committee (Malbourne)