MUA’s latest stunt will come at cost of jobs

The Maritime Workers Union is set to use a new pattern agreement to try and extort huge wage rises as well as additional allowances with no productivity trade-offs.

According to reports, the pattern template will be used by the MUA to negotiate for cooks and related positions who work on ships in the offshore oil and gas industry in 2013.

In addition to the base salaries for these positions are around $123,000+ per year, the MUA will seek guarantees that employees will be only housed – at employer expense – in 4-star and above accommodation as well as payments of hard-living allowances for when satellite TV or internet isn’t available cabins ($60), no TV or DVD player ($60) or if the ship galley is deemed “non-compliant” ($40) – all paid daily. Importantly, the EBA contains a clause that entitles workers to receive an additional 28 days pay and 28 days additional leave.

“Only a few weeks ago, Mr Shorten was standing shoulder to shoulder with the MUA at their militancy conference talking about their ‘good work’ just after MUA Boss Chris Cain told officials that laws needed to be broken,” Senator Abetz said today.

“This latest ambit claim is just another example of the militancy, flexibility and productivity problems we have seen with Labor’s Fair Work laws.”

“While families are struggling to make ends meet, instead of encouraging employers to create more jobs and make a stronger contribution to the economy, union bosses are demanding additional allowances for no pay TV, food of insufficiently high standards as well as additional leave.”

“The Coalition strongly encourages a common-sense approach to bargaining instead of more ambit claims from these union bosses who are renowned for their thuggery,” Senator Abetz concluded.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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