*** FIRE CRISIS ***
Communities across the country are facing unprecedented emergency situations as a catastrophic consequence of failed policies by successive governments at a Federal and State level. The climate is changing; it is generating negative impacts in an increasingly dramatic fashion, resulting in death and destruction. We have seen too many homes destroyed and too many lives lost as the continuation of failed policies persists.
Whilst we will continue to advocate for radical transformation of policies to address these crises we have members, and the communities they live in facing hardship, loss, and in need of assistance. The MUA Sydney Branch Executive has been in contact with multiple government agencies, unions, company’s in the maritime industry and politicians across the political spectrum to outline our willingness to assist in any way we are capable of to provide the support, individuals or the community requires.
Presently it has been reported to us, that the situation is under control by the relevant authorities and whilst our assistance is appreciated it is not needed at the moment. This is for a range of reasons including assets already provided or being made available and on call. This includes Ferries, Tugs, and Port Authority marine assets. We also have MUA members who are engaged as crew on three ships and helping in the evacuation that has been underway in the past few days.
But there is more that needs to be done in the upcoming days, weeks and months.
The MUA Sydney Branch is asking for volunteers to make themselves available in the event our assistance is required. This could be simply volunteering our time, to making available any marine equipment or resources (boats, trawlers, jet skis etc) or road based vehicles (cars, trucks, minivans, utes etc) to transport any provisions required etc. Please email us at email@example.com (or Facebook message us by clicking on the link) if you can assist or donate.
The MUA Sydney Branch will also be a drop off point for members who wish to donate clothing to those who have been impacted by these devastating fires and have members who are collecting and distributing clothing to the evacuation centres. If you have gear or other necessary provisions such as water or food etc. you wish to donate, please drop it into the rooms or get in touch with an Official who will come out to your site to pick it up.
If any member requires any assistance whatsoever, please get in contact with your Officials. We have a number of members who have been dramatically impacted and our solidarity is with them. We have members who have been trapped by the fires and unable to attend work, if this is you please contact your Official.
Workers should not be disadvantaged as a consequence of the failed actions of our politicians. We do not believe that members should have to access their personal leave if they are trapped by these fires. A number of companies have already agreed and we are hopeful that the entire industry will also.
We also have Hunterlink www.hunterlink.org.au or 1800 554 654 available for members who require assistance, no matter where you live or what member of your family requires assistance.
Look after yourselves, your families and your communities.
On behalf of the MUA Sydney Branch Executive.