MUA signs new agreement with Japanese energy giant Inpex

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has signed new work arrangements with Japanese energy giant Inpex covering the $34 billion Ichthys LNG project, off the north-west coast of Western Australia.

They include the implementation of a diversity program, the promotion of Australian crews on certain support vessels and an enhanced dispute settlement process with a dedicated conciliator to help resolve potential disputes.

The work arrangements cover rig tenders, drilling rigs, seismic vessels, supply vessels and accommodation vessels and will run until 2030.

MUA WA secretary Chris Cain said: “As a result of this arrangement, we expect there will be up to 2000 Australian jobs on the project — not just for MUA seafarers but other maritime workers as well, all on Aussie wages and conditions.”

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