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Below is a letter from Liam O'Brien, Assistant Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions. Dear comrade, Today the ACTU Centre for Health and Safety has launched the Covid-19 resource page. This page will be regularly updated to provide unions, HSRs and workers information on how they can protect their workplaces from Covid-19.  We are also campaigning for the Government to introduce two weeks special paid leave for all workers impacted by Covid-19. There are currently over 3 million...

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AMSA has made the decision to cease face-to-face oral exams from Thursday 19 March 2020.  From this date the exam will be conducted via Skype.  This applies to both STCW international and domestic oral exams.  The temporary ban will be in place until 30 April 2020 but will be reviewed before this date to determine if it is necessary to continue with the temporary arrangement. The AMSA website is being updated accordingly...

Please find advice from AMOU President, Tim Higgs, in relation to the novel coronavirus outbreak in the attached memo and advice to commercial vessels. Memo-2020-008-Pilotage-Towage-Port-Services-membersDownload Advice-to-commercial-vessels-2-06022020-2Download You can find the latest health department guidelines for the marine industry, pilots and cruise ships below. Information-for-cruise-industry_06Feb2020-FinalDownload Information-for-marine-industry_06Feb2020-FinalDownload Information-for-marine-pilots_06Feb2020Download Maritime Safety Queensland has provided the General Manager, Angus Mitchell's, direction to masters of ships in Queensland, the latest VTS and Reef VTS directions and information about home isolation procedures and isolating crew on board vessels. General-Manager-Direction-to-Masters-of-all-Ships-Queensland-COVID-19_15-March-International-Vessels-3Download novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-information-about-home-isolation_1Download MSQ-GUIDELINE-Isolating-Crew-Onboard-ShipsDownload MSQ-Reef-VTS-Direction-06-2020-COVID-19Download MSQ-VTS-Direction-10-2020-COVID-19Download More information...

On 12 March 2020 Angus Mitchell, General Manager of Maritime Safety Queensland, issued a direction for cruise ships not to disembark passengers or crew in the Thursday Island Pilotage Area. More information can be found in the General Manager's Direction to Masters. general-manager-direction-to-masters-of-all-ships-queensland-covid-19_s191a-thursday-islandDownload ...

The days of crews aboard diving vessels working through their breaks is set to become a thing of the past after the Fair Work Commission’s landmark decision. The AMOU and the MUA successfully challenged the hours of work versus the hours Pro Dive employees were getting paid. Deputy President Asbury said in her decision, “The Unions have put cogent evidence before me which establishes that on the balance of probabilities employees are regularly working hours in excess of the maximum daily hours under...

The year is lining up with possibilities and signs of a genuine resurgence of work around the industry; in particular the oil and gas sector. Find out more in the January edition of the AMOU Industrial Report. Industrial-Report-January-2020Download ...