Queensland Branch

Queensland Branch MUA

Queensland maritime coastline is just shy of 7,000 kilometres with an area of coverage extending from Weipa on the western side of Cape York to the border with New South Wales at the holiday destination of the Tweed. The coastline is diverse in its geographical landscape and so is the MUA coverage in this State. Towage extends from Weipa in the North as well as regular sailings on the MUA manned vessels from the Port to Gladstone. Ever developing industry in the State needs to be balanced against unique eco-systems including the Great Barrier Reef. The importance of well trained seafarers is paramount in sustaining the balance. The major trading container Port is Brisbane with three Terminal operations with major commodity exports in the Central area of Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville and the surrounding bulk Ports in the North.

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Published: 23 Mar 2020

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During this current COVID-19 health crisis we have brought together the following information for members.
What is Coronavirus
Workplace Health and Safety Obligations
The Maritime Union of Australia has made the following demands on governments and employers during this global health crisis.

Published: 13 May 2023

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It’s Our Turn – Wharfies united in campaign for wage justice and respect from Qube

13 May 2023

Qube workers from across every MUA branch in Australia met in Fremantle for three days, May 9-11, to plan out the claims and bargaining strategy for the next Qube EBA.

Published: 9 May 2023

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Published: 5 May 2023

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Published: 18 Apr 2023


Published: 17 Apr 2023

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17 April 2023

Svitzer has finally agreed to abandon its reckless and implausible legal action to cancel the EBA of almost 600 tugboat workers around Australia.


This action would have led to pay cuts of 47%, the loss of crucial safety and fatigue management measures, and destroyed job security for the hard-working, skilled crews upon whom our national supply chains depend.


Published: 31 Mar 2023

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Copenhagen, Denmark

31 March 2023

To coincide with Svitzer parent AP Moller Mærsk's March Annual General Meeting, a delegation of representatives from the MUA joined with comrades from global transport unions FNV Havens (the Netherlands) and 3F Transport (Denmark) and the ITF’s Maersk Network to bring the Svitzer campaign to the doorstep of the world’s largest shipping company in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Published: 23 Mar 2023

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MUA Terminal Conference 2023

Wharfies from around the country converged in Sydney at the MUA ITF Conference Centre for a significant conference of delegates representing every major employer and port.

Published: 3 Mar 2023

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Australian terminal operator suffers catastrophic collapse in container volumes

3 March 2023

International shipping companies’ recent decision to schedule a massive volume of blank sailings to Australia will have a particular impact on Australia’s third largest shipping terminal operator.

Published: 3 Feb 2023

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February 2023


Svitzer Towage ongoing dispute

ACTU Executive notes that:

1. Svitzer towage EBA expired on 31 December 2019

2. Svitzer Australia applied in January 2022 to Fair Work to have the existing enterprise agreement terminated, which would:


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney