THE Gillard government has offered lucrative tax incentives to promote Australia’s domestic shipping industry.
At the same time it is cracking down on foreign ships operating on Australia’s coast.
Actually, the tax breaks are a part of the Maritime Union of Australia’s campaign for more money. The tax breaks are designed to force business to use Aussie Shipping companies to move their goods in and out of our ports.
This will in turn, open up more positions for the union as they continue their campaign for more money and more power.
Although they have been quiet lately in January they started their campaign for pay rises of $70,000 to $100,000 for their members, some of whom are nothing more than unskilled labourers.
Senator Abetz attacks the MUA in this article from January this year
The MUA’s outrageous wage demands would see maritime workers such as those employees working as kitchen hands, stewards, dishwashers and basic cooks potentially earning up to $230,000 a year”.
“Let’s consider that, if a Maritime union seaman whose job is to do the dishes for 15 crew three times a day, earning up to $230,000pa, working 5 days a week, that equates to almost $20 dollars for each plate in the sink”, says Senator Abetz.
Good work if you can get it but any tax advantages or pay rise will help the MUA only. Australia will simply have to pay more for export/import costs.
But then, thats the Labor way.