Changes afoot — maritime industry, penalty rates


Changes afoot — maritime industry, penalty rates

Changes are on the horizon in the martime industry and possibly in relation to penalty rates generally, if you believe the ACTU.


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Changes are on the horizon in the martime industry and possibly in relation to penalty rates generally, if you believe the ACTU.

Maritime Labour convention in force

The ILO Maritime Labour Convention 2006 enters into force in Australia and internationally today (21 August 2013), modernising more than 60 existing international labour standards going back over eight decades.

There are 1.2 million seafarers in the world.

Seafarers bill of rights

The Convention sets out minimum working and living conditions for the world’s seafarers. Often referred to as the seafarers’ bill of rights, the Convention covers matters such as minimum standards for their employment, accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering, health care, welfare and social security protection.

It is unique because it aims both to achieve decent work for seafarers and fair competition by creating a level playing field for the majority of shipowners and operators who act fairly.


Australia ratified the Convention in December 2011, making us one of the first 30 countries to bring it into force. More than 45 other countries have since followed suit.

Penalty rates — Unions versus Coalition
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is alleging that secret deals are being done with big business, by the Coalition, to reduce penalty rates if the Coalition wins the federal election.

ACTU National Secretary Dave Oliver said Tony Abbott needed to guarantee a future Coalition Government would not bow to the wishes of big business and scrap penalty rates.

‘Groups such as the Retailers Association tried and failed to get rid of penalty rates this year through an application to Fair Work Australia,’ Oliver said.

‘It is clear they will have another go after the election and expect the Coalition Government to back them in.’

‘Eric Abetz has hardly been sighted during the election campaign, and now we know why, he has been in secret meetings with business groups who are pushing an agenda that would strip away workers’ rights and penalty rates, and increase the use of individual contracts.’

Nation’s top apprentices and trainees gain leadership skills

Australia’s top group training apprentices and trainees are getting the chance to develop into industry leaders, with a week-long leadership program in the national capital.

While the federal election campaign has dispersed our political leaders to all points on the map, Canberra is still playing its role in shaping our future leaders and nation builders.

The Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders (TSTL) program brings together 21 of Australia’s outstanding apprentices and trainees who were selected from approximately 30,000 group training apprentices and trainees.

The apprentices and trainees are employed by group training organisations and are regarded as emerging leaders in their chosen fields. They are completing apprenticeships and traineeships in industries including, engineering, carpentry, business administration, automotive, plumbing, hospitality, electrical, and horticulture.
The program is now in its tenth year, and focuses on both career and leadership development. Participants also get to interact with elite athletes from the Australian Institute of Sport — learning how passion, commitment and goal achievement is applied in a variety of contexts.
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