This month's special Coronavirus edition of the Industrial Report focuses on the pressure employers are placing on maritime workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unfortunately, the monthly member's meetings scheduled to be held on 31st March and 28th April have been cancelled due to disruptions associated with COVID-19 and the need to limit face to face interactions.
The AMOU will confirm the dates of future meetings as more information comes to hand.
Below is a letter from Liam O'Brien, Assistant Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions.
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.
You can find the latest health department guidelines for the marine industry, pilots and cruise ships below.
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.
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.