MUA Women Awarded For Excellence

Two MUA women have won awards this week highlighting their strength and commitment to our union and industry.


Ann Grey, Seafarer, won the Emma Miller Award at the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) awards night. Every year, Queensland Council of Unions pays homage to one of the most influential female figures in the Queensland labour movement.

Ann is on the QCU Womens Council and the MUA National Womens Committee and dedicates her leave time to organising meetings and events to support women in our industry. 

She was guest speaker at Iron Boat Day in Newcastle this year where she told of life at sea as a woman and encouraged others to join her in the industry.

Photo: Sarah Maguire, Ann Grey and Lyza Rooks at the Awards

Photo: Sarah Maguire, Ann Grey and Lyza Rooks at the Awards

Mick Carr, Queensland Branch Secretary describes Ann as 'a thoughtful, perrsistant and rock solid MUA member " he goes onto say "her commitment to the betterment of the collective is on display every day, she is a valued member of this Union and we are proud to have her"

National Women's Liaison Officer Mich-Elle Myers says "Ann is a champion for the women in our industry. She is intelligent, hardworking and kind. She is always ready to jump in and do something for our union"

The National Women's Committee congratulate Ann on this wonderful achievement.


On the same night in Sydney METL Trainee and MUA Member Kerryn McInnes won the award for Trainee of the Year for Woman in Non-Traditional Trade.

The prestigious NSW/ACT Group Training Awards were held on Friday 17th October at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney.

This annual event celebrates excellence in apprenticeships, traineeships, group training and employment and is attended by dozens of trainees and apprentices, along with their host employers, GTO’s, friends, families and partners.


Kerryn was up against trainees from Electrotechnology, Horticulture and Timber Merchandising and came out as the eventual winner of Woman in Non-Traditional Trade. Kerryn spent her on-the-job training with host employer ASP Ship Management on bulk carriers transporting iron ore between Gladstone and Weipa, as well as on the TT-Line Spirit of Tasmania roll-on/roll-off vessels.

“This is amazing. I worked really hard, and it can be tough for a woman out there. I think these awards are a great occasion - it’s really nice to get the recognition.” Kerryn said of the award.

Simon Earle, CEO of METL, said "This is a massive achievement and we are very proud of Kerryn. She is a great example for all women in the industry and will be a great asset to any employer."

For more information on the awards night click here: