Newcastle Branch

Newcastle – the MUA’s Northern NSW Branch – is one the oldest unionised ports in Australia, shipping coal to England in the early 1800s. It was also once a vibrant port for river-boat cargo and passenger services along the Hunter, Clarence and northern river ports. Today, it is a very diverse port, stevedoring cargoes of bulk wheat, coal, aluminum, fertilizers and general goods. It is the biggest tonnage port in Australia and the biggest coal export port in the world. The Port of Newcastle is currently undergoing expansion at the old BHP steel site for general cargo and at the Kooragang Island coal terminal.

The branch covers around 600 port authority employees, workers at the bulk facilities, painters and dockers, tugs and linesmen, seafarers and stevedoring workers. The branch campaigns for better pensions, health services and financial support for the port's expansion. Newcastle is also the headquarters of the MUA's Veterans Association.

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Resources

Newcastle Trades Hall Council

MUA Newcastle is an affiliate of Newcastle Trades Hall Council, to find out more click here.

Hunterlink Recovery Services

The MUA Newcastle has a close relationship with Hunterlink Recovery Services.  Hunterlink was established to provide a vital link in the suite of support, recovery and welfare services available to the community and for workers and their families on a national scale. It has strong support from the community, Government, trade unions and employers. for more information click here

Branch News

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Concerns Over Asbestos Riddled Tug Boats Leaving Newcastle

The Maritime Union of Australia is calling for Federal authorities to stop two foreign-owned tug boats contaminated with potentially deadly asbestos from leaving Newcastle.

The Australian crews of The Warrego and The Warrunda first raised the alarm several months ago when they found suspicious white dust on board the Chinese made vessels.

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Maritime Industry Saddened by Passing of Paul Karras

The domestic and international maritime community is in mourning today following the death of the manager and founder of Hunterlink Recovery Services, Paul Karras.

Paul, 63, passed away on Friday afternoon after recently being diagnosed with liver disease.

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ABC: Chinese Coal Ship Captain Arrested for Sailing Through Great Barrier Reef Without Pilot

By Mark Willacy

The Australian Federal Police have arrested the captain of a Chinese coal ship for sailing through part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park without a pilot.

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Dodgy Shipping Operator Risks Crew for Money

A Flag-Of-Convenience (FOC) ship has been detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in Newcastle for endangering its crew’s lives today.

The Orient Becrux was found by AMSA to have breached the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea after the Hong Kong-based charterer made the Filipino crew unlash the cargo at sea.

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Branch Contacts

Glen Williams

Branch Secretary

0401 271 740

glen.williams@mua.org.au

Dennis Outram

Honorary Deputy Branch Secretary

0431 460 884

dennis.outram@mua.org.au 

Branch Contact

406-408 King Street, Newcastle West, NSW 2302

02 4929 2149

muannsw@mua.org.au