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This month has seen some positive news for the Australian maritime industry, with Toll holding naming ceremonies for their two new Australian flagged and crewed vessels and the ALP has announced that a Shorten Labour government will establish a strategic fleet should they be successful in the upcoming election. For further information on these and to find out what the AMOU President, Executive Officer and Industrial Offers have been doing, please read the February Industrial Report...

With the new year brings our first Industrial Report of 2019. Unfortunately the year hasn’t started brightly with the news of BHP’s decision to terminate the contract for the last two remaining Australian manned bulk carriers on our coast. As you’d expect this takes up a significant portion of the report of our President and Executive Officer, as well as those Industrial Officers who made visits to the ships to support the members onboard. However it...

The company once known as The Big Australian has abandoned the last vestiges of its commitment to the Australian shipping industry. BHP overnight advised the maritime unions that it is dumping the last two Australian-crewed ships that carry iron ore from Port Hedland in Western Australia to the steelworks in Port Kembla and to China. The 80+ Australian officers and seafarers will all lose their jobs but BHP will use foreign crews on foreign ships to carry the...

Dear Member, 2018 has been a tough year for all members and their families throughout the industry. We have seen an increase in workforce casualisation and a government determined to completely destroy Australian shipping driven by nothing more than greed. Numerous members and their families have had to face unemployment or redundancy. Throughout this, your union officials have worked tirelessly to secure the best conditions and job security possible given the current state of the industry and...

In November’s Industrial Report, we ask for members help with the Union’s upcoming submission to the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee regarding the abuse of the skilled visa scheme that has been heavily affecting the Australian maritime industry. Progress is also being made towards a new members section on our website and we welcome our newest Industrial Officer to the AMOU. Please read more here…...

This month we report on events that transpired at the ITF congress in Singapore as well the outcomes of the MIAL SEA18 conference that took place in Canberra. There is good news in that it appears the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Amendment Bill 2017 is unlikely to progress in its current state. The candidates for the Eastern Area Secretary position have also been finalised, with voting open from Friday 02 November 2018. Click Here to...

In our September Report, AMOU President Tim Higgs provides an overview of the discussion points and outcomes from the recent meeting of Executive Council delegates earlier this month. There is a run down of the multiple EA negotiations, disputes and other issues our Industrial Officers have been working on. Terry Schydlo also provides a comprehensive report on a recent AMSA meeting regarding proposed changes to MO 505. View Report....

This month’s report deals with the election timetable for the Eastern Area Secretary Executive Council position, progress in the appointment of new administration and industrial staff, the proceedings of the Nautilus Federation of Australia Operations Committee which is guiding the strategic cooperation between AMOU and AIMPE, the likely shelving of the Coastal Trading legislation due to the political instability of the Liberal/National government and the usual enterprise agreement and dispute progress reports. View report...

The positive attendance and voting at the AGMs held throughout the country at the end of June has been reported as has the settlement of the first enterprise agreement with Landbridge Infrastructure, the Chinese owners and operators of the port of Darwin, progress in negotiations for the three Flinders Ports AMOU EAs and a variety of developments regarding the Victoria International Container Terminal and INPEX Click Here to view report...

The advertisement for an Industrial Officer, recently posted on Workplace Express has gone out to the membership individually and is now on the AMOU website to broaden the pool of expertise to produce the ideal candidate for the job. If you would like to view the full position description Click Here...