MUA to begin merger negotiations with CFMEU


The union says the decision can potentially 'transform labour movement in Australia'

MUA to begin merger negotiations with CFMEU
MUA National Conference passed a unanimous motion authorising the union to kick start merger negotiations with the CFMEU.

 

Members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have voted in favour of a potential merger with the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).

The MUA National Conference passed a unanimous motion on Monday authorising the union to kick start merger negotiations with the CFMEU, with a full proposal to be put to the membership ballot later this year or by 2017.

"This decision has the potential to transform the labour movement in Australia," MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin says.

He says that the merger will not result in the MUA losing its democratic structure or identity.

"We’ve got our own cultures and traditions, whether it’s on the wharf or on ships, which we don’t want to lose.

"We want to be the MUA – as part of the great strength of a union that’s going to be able to protect maritime workers in the way they need to protected, deserve to be protected and will be protected."

Also present at the conference was CFMEU national secretary Michael O'Connor, who asserted that CFMEU executive committee will welcome the move.

CFMEU’s support can help the MUA continue future dispute negotiations with "employers, ombudsmen and governments", MUA’s WA secretary Christy Cain says.

"I reminded members who may not have been around for the 1998 struggle, when the government and Patrick tried to break this union, that there would be no MUA today without the CFMEU in that struggle," Cain says.

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