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: 15 Jun 2020

The latest edition of the Maritime Workers Journal is out now. Read it here

Published: 19 May 2020

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Members of the Maritime Union of Australia Newcastle Branch have raised $16,500 to provide direct financial and practical assistance to local families and vulnerable members of the community enduring hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite facing their own economic uncertainty, union members reached out to local community organisations to identify ways they could deliver immediate support to working families who have found themselves in extreme financial hardship due to the current crisis.

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.

Why is this important?

Published: 4 Jan 2020

Maritime Union of Australia offices in Newcastle, Sydney, Port Kembla, Melbourne, Devonport, Adelaide and Fremantle are now collection points for donations for the bushfire relief effort.

We are collecting:

Non perishable food items. Including longlife milk and drinks, pet food etc

Clothing in clean and good condition

Personal hygiene items for adults and children. Wipes, Nappies, Feminine Hygiene Products, Toothpaste, Soap etc

You can donate in normal business hours at the following addresses: 

NEWCASTLE 406-408 King St Ncle West

Published: 20 Dec 2019

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Members of the Maritime Union of Australia Newcastle Branch made a donation of $12,000 to the John Hunter Hospital Starlight Children’s Foundation yesterday.

The money has been raised by the branch and union members from the tugs, lines, coal workers, port workers, and veterans, with some of those members to hand over the check at John Hunter Hospital tomorrow.

Published: 11 Oct 2019

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The Newcastle Branch is excited to announce we will be hosting Thomas Mayor in Newcastle for his book launch,

Finding the Heart of the Nation - The journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth

Thursday 31st October 5pm for a 5:30 start

Harbourview Function Centre

150 Wharf Road, Newcastle

Published: 9 Oct 2019

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MUA Newcastle Branch - Picnic Day - John Brennan Shield

Newcastle Veterans host the John Brennan Shield - Lawn Bowls

Monday 4th November, 2019 starting at 10am

Carrington Bowling Club

Published: 4 Oct 2019

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The MUA Youth Touch Footy day 2019

Saturday 16th November, 2019

Gibbs Brothers Oval, Merewether

Published: 30 Sep 2019

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A 4-hour stop work meeting of wharfies from across the three Newcastle stevedoring companies has unanimously resolved to campaign to protect their jobs and right to work in the Port of Newcastle.

The mass meeting of Newcastle wharfies today resolved:


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney