Bob Carnegie for MUA Qld State Secretary

Bob Carnegie is standing for the position of State Secretary of the Queensland branch of the MUA in 2011. Bob is standing on the following principles:

1. To bring the union back to its rank and file roots. Bob gives an unconditional commitment that all stevedoring worksites in the port of Brisbane will see an elected official at least twice a week and the branch secretary at least once a week. Throughout Queensland there will be regular visits at all major ports on a regular basis. Ships under the responsibility of the Queensland branch will see a union official on a timely basis. Bob believes nothing is more important than for rank and file workers to see their elected officials consistently.

2. To establish genuine democracy in the union, which includes instituting rotational leadership of elected officials.

3. To defend the rights of MUA delegates with all the industrial, legal, financial and political might of the branch. Delegates will no longer be sacked with impunity by stevedoring, port or shipping operators.

4. To fight an unwavering battle against casualisation. Bob believes that the current levels of casulisation create crippling uncertainty for young and old workers and under Bob’s leadership the branch will strive to develop permanency of employment.

5. Branch officials under Bob’s leadership will primarily spend their time in developing campaigns and representing MUA members in Queensland, not parading around the world stage like half-witted international playboys.

The employers must tremble once again at the very mention of the Maritime Union of Australia.

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