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: 16 Sep 2020

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Published: 21 Aug 2020

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MUA Press Release 
 
The National Cabinet must use today’s meeting to establish “green lanes” to allow interstate travel by maritime workers, with hundreds currently unable to travel to work or get home after being at sea. 
 
The Maritime Union of Australia said travel restrictions and border closures between Australian states and territories had led to a situation where many Australian seafarers were isolated at sea, unable to get home to their families, with replacement crew members also unable to join the vessels.
 



Published: 31 Jul 2020

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The detention of a Hong Kong-flagged vessel allowed to cart alumina along Australia’s coast amidst accusations of abuse and intimidation shows the federal government’s fundamentally flawed regulation of coastal shipping is leading to the extreme mistreatment of vulnerable workers and violation of their human rights, says the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).
 



Published: 28 Jul 2020

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MUA members are invited to register your interest in this online course 
Please register your interest in this course by clicking here: https://www.mua.org.au/forms/voice-treaty-truth-advocacy-online-course
 
 



Published: 15 Jun 2020

The latest edition of the Maritime Workers Journal is out now. Read it here 
https://issuu.com/maritimeunionau1/docs/mjw_winter2020_main_issuu



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.

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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



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