|Issue No 92||20 April 2001|
MUA Rides Anti-pollution Wave
MUA surfers and seafarers traveled to Bell's Beach over Easter to alert surfers and surf lovers attending the Easter Rip Curl Pro and Sun Smart Classic surfing contest of the threat to their coast.
Rampant deregulation of the world's shipping industry is behind a spate of oil spills, sinkings and pollution which threaten our coastal communities and marine environment - a threat highlighted by a damning report released by the International Commission on Shipping last month.
"All of us here today are surfers, said MUA delegate Mick Killick. "We all work the world's oceans and we're all concerned about the environment. Sub-standard shipping not only affects our jobs, it threatens our beaches and marine life. You only have to look at the grounding of the Malaysian ship on the Great Barrier Reef, last November. Or the oily penguins rescued just off the coast here recently."
A search is still under way for the foreign ship responsible for dumping oil off the south coast killing dozens of penguins earlier this month. Rescuers saved oil coated birds on Breamlea Beach, Near Torquay south west of Melbourne with oil washing up near the surfing venue at Bell's Beach. (The Age, 5/4//01)
Greenpeace Australia, Friends of the Earth, the Australian Conservation Foundation, Environment Victoria, The Clean Water Coalition, Bay Rescue, The Surfrider Foundation, Melbourne and Earthworker, an environmental group working out of Trades Hall have all endorsed the MUA campaign for tighter restrictions on foreign flag shipping trading on our coast.
International Commission on Shipping report website - http://www.icons.org.au
Interview: Beyond the Accord
Simon Crean cut his teeth in the trade union movement, now he's gearing up to run the economy.
Politics: In Defence of Della’s List
The proposition that trade unions should ask members of the ALP for a commitment that they uphold Party policy should hardly be controversial.
Corporate: The Real Rorters
The unspoken sore of the WorkCover Scheme is non-compliance by employers. None more so that in the construction industry, as this CFMEU paper details.
Legal: In the Real World
Lawyer Ross Goodridge exposes the defficincies in the new medical assessment guidelines for workers compensation by looking at real case studies.
International: The Docklands and Global Labour
Ma Wei Pin and Jasper Goss recount how the struggle of a group of Indonesian hotel workers effected a lucrative Melbourne contract.
History: Sweatshops in America
Since the dawning of the Industrial Revolution, many generations of Americans have toiled in sweatshops.
Unions: Losers Never Start
At the end of her six week vigil, Grenadier delegate Michelle Booth gave her heartfelt thanks to the trade union movement.
Review: Working Classes: Global Realities
The Socialist Register 2001 looks at class realities and the lives of workers in the new century.
Satire: Democrats Change Leader
The Democrats have a new leader after belatedly discovering that Meg Lees had become the second Democrats leader in a row to defect to another party.
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