Coronavirus

This page will be updated as new information comes to hand. 
Please contact your delegate or union official with specific concerns that may not be answered here. 
 

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: 7 May 2020

Important information for seafarers. 
 
As of Midnight 5 May 2020, the Tasmanian State Controller has issued directions that bring that states exemption for Marine crew in line with the national cabinet decision of 9th April.
 
There are now 3 recognised categories that will be exempted under the state emergency management act provisions:
 
 



Published: 27 Mar 2020

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The Maritime Union of Australia has written to major businesses in Australia’s maritime supply chain seeking the urgent implementation of a consistent, industry-wide framework aimed at preventing viral transmission on worksites.



Published: 25 Mar 2020

Listen to Paul Garrett MUA Sydney Branch Assistant Secretary speaking to Frank Kelly on Radio National 26 March 2020
 
https://soundcloud.com/maritimeunion/paul-garrett-speaks-to-abc-radio-national-about-ruby-princess-and-cruise-ships



Published: 25 Mar 2020

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Two of the nation’s biggest ferry operators have used the COVID-19 pandemic to justify the mass sacking of workers without any notice period or option to take special leave, according to the Maritime Union of Australia.
 
SeaLink Travel Group, which operates 13 vessels on Sydney harbour under the Captain Cook Cruises brand, has terminated approximately 130 staff, while the NRMA, which operates Manly Fast Ferry and Fantasea Cruising, last night axed approximately 50 workers.
 



Published: 25 Mar 2020

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Australians are being urged not to panic about supplies of essential goods, with the Maritime Union of Australia saying wharfies, seafarers and port workers are committed to ensuring supply chains continue to operate smoothly despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
The MUA is seeking an urgent meeting with Federal Government and industry representatives to develop a comprehensive plan to address the impacts of Covid-19 on maritime supply chains.
 



Published: 23 Mar 2020

Maritime Union of Australia West Coast Branch Secretary Christy Cain said maritime workers are committed to working with the West Australian Government, employers, and industry groups to ensure supply chains continue to operate smoothly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

MUA members are playing an essential role in continuing the supply of food, household goods, medical supplies, other essential items and general trade during this pandemic.

 



Published: 17 Mar 2020

The MUA wrote to the Prime Minister, The Health Minister, The Minister for Agriculture (Biosecurity) and the Chief Medical Officer yesterday. 
See letter here:
Letter to PM regarding COVID19 concerns in Ports 



Published: 17 Mar 2020

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We are demanding that the Morrison Government guarantee two weeks paid special leave for all workers.
Working people need to know they don’t have to make the decision between going to work sick, or self-isolating and not being able to pay their bills.
Stopping the spread of coronavirus is vital, but Scott Morrison’s response so far has been dangerously inadequate.
The government must ensure that all workers have paid special leave - if you’re sick and don’t have sick leave entitlements or if you’re forced to self-quarantine.

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Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney