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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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


Newcastle Branch' Celebration 20th Anniversary Patricks dipute

Invitation - 20th Anniversary 1998 Patrick dispute


MUA Newcastle Branch News - February 2017

Comrades, This edition of the branch news comes at a time when the right-wing forces in this country have successfully attacked and diminished penalty rates in the hospitality and retail sector.


MUA Newcastle Branch News - January 2017

Comrades, I would like to wish all members and their families all the best for the New Year. This year the branch will be putting out regular newsletter with a view to continually improving the flow of information from the union branch to the members. At this stage the newsletter will be a monthly edition and I would encourage members to feel free to forward through articles of interest to other members that we can include in future editions.


Disclosures to the Members for the 2016 Financial Year NC

Detailed in following document is the information required to be disclosed to the members as per the governing rules of the MUA. 


Branch Contacts

Glen Williams

Branch Secretary

0401 271 740

Dennis Outram

Honorary Deputy Branch Secretary

0431 460 884 

Branch Contact

406-408 King Street, Newcastle West, NSW 2302

02 4929 2149