Seafarer - The International Day of the Seafarer is an official day of observance by the United Nations, marked annually on 25 June.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) aims to increase public awareness of the world's 1.5 million seafarers and the difficult work they do, often in treacherous conditions.
But rather than celebrate with Australian seafarers, Transport Minister Warren Truss will instead formally today introduce the Government’s plans to throw out the Coastal Trading Act and replace it with cheap foreign shipping.
MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said that if the Parliament passes Minister Truss’ repeal bills, it will sound the death knell for the Australian shipping industry.
“These changes could directly impact around 2000 direct jobs and up to 8000 associated jobs – so that’s 10,000 Aussie jobs on the chopping block,” Mr Crumlin said
“It takes a special kind of Government to spend nearly two years in power and then pick the International Day of the Seafarer to try to obliterate an entire industry in a proud shipping nation.