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.

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: 23 Feb 2023

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MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA
 

GLEN WILLIAMS
NEWCASTLE BRANCH SECRETARY

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

24 FEBRUARY 2023

 

MARITIME WORKERS READY FOR OFFSHORE WIND TRANSFORMATION AT NEWCASTLE

 



Published: 3 Feb 2023

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ACTU EXECUTIVE

February 2023

RESOLUTION

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:



Published: 26 Jan 2023

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The Maritime Union of Australia has announced its timeline and process for the quadrennial elections to be held this year to elect office bearers for the coming four year period.

Full information about the MUA Quadrennial elections is available here including information about the nomination process and the timeline for the conduct of the ballot.



Published: 23 Dec 2022

Paddy Crumlin

National Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia

President, International Transport Workers Federation

 

As the MUA's 150th anniversary year comes to a close, have a safe and happy Christmas, a relaxing New Year with friends and family, and let's go into 2023 fighting for a better life for all workers, our families and the communities we live in.

 



Published: 18 Nov 2022

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PADDY CRUMLIN
NATIONAL SECRETARY
MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

SVITZER RANSOM NOTE SHREDDED BY FAIR WORK COMMISSION – LOCKOUT SUSPENDED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

 

The Fair Work Commission has suspended the planned lockout of tugboat workers around Australia by Svitzer bosses and ordered a return to negotiation for a new employment agreement for the almost 600 seagoing employees of Australia’s largest tugboat operator.

 



Published: 16 Nov 2022

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PADDY CRUMLIN
NATIONAL SECRETARY

MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

SVITZER DOCKS TUGBOAT WORKERS PAY FOR LOCKOUT THAT HASN’T BEGUN

 



Published: 16 Nov 2022

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PADDY CRUMLIN
NATIONAL SECRETARY
MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA

 

STATEMENT

SVITZER BOSSES ON STRIKE – REFUSE TO LIFT PORTS LOCKOUT NOTICE AT FAIR WORK COMMISSION

 

Svitzer’s bosses are on strike, not their workers.

 



Published: 14 Nov 2022

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PADDY CRUMLIN

NATIONAL SECRETARY
MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA

 

MEDIA RELEASE

SUPPLY CHAIN SABOTAGE BY SVITZER: HERO TUG CREWS LOCKED-OUT BY MANAGEMENT

 



Published: 10 Nov 2022

 



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