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member profile - Eddy Lintern - Maritime Industry

Protect severance, helping deal with uncertainty

Eddy Lintern has worked in the dredging industry since 2011. He’s offshore for weeks at a time, away from his home base in Western Australia. Eddy relies on his Protect Severance Account to secure his entitlements when his employment changes and that’s often the case in maritime.

“Having severance negotiated into our work agreements is really important. There’s not a lot of jobs in the Australian maritime industry right now due to Government legislation favouring foreign labour. When there is work it’s often insecure, casualised and short term.”

“Knowing that you have a Protect account helps you deal with that uncertainty in our line of work.”

“We had some trouble on a job last year when the work dried up and our crew were initially denied redundancy letters. We called on the Protect Field Team to help us out because those letters make a real difference to the amount of tax that’s taken out of our claims if you’re genuinely made redundant”.

“I couldn’t speak higher of the support we got from Protect.”

 

“Craig Johnston took our issue on and his professionalism and negotiation skills were incredible. He knows this stuff like the back of his hand and as busy as he is, he always had time to call me back. He was integral in guiding us through a really rough time”.

“It says a lot for Protect that you have a whole team that are there for the workers, that have members interests at heart.”

“The Field Team have that union background, they know what it’s like to be a worker and what it really means to have inconsistencies in work. I’ve got three kids and even an extra thousand for example, is better in my pocket than the tax man’s”.

“We had a great outcome for the whole crew. As an MUA delegate that made me really proud”.

It says a lot for Protect that you have a whole team that are there for the workers, that have members interests at heart.

Eddy Lintern