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: 22 May 2020

Dozens of students in the Wynnum area have received tablet computers or other essential supplies to allow them to undertake home-schooling during the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to the generosity of wharfies at the Patrick container terminal in Brisbane.
Maritime Union of Australia members raised more than $5,000 in just seven days to support local families struggling due to job losses or economic hardship, providing 25 tablet computers along with stationary items.

Published: 8 Apr 2020

The MUA Queensland Branch News is available now.
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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: 21 Feb 2020

The Maritime Union of Australia Division of the CFMMEU (MUA) and The Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) are making waves in the Cairns diving industry after the Fair Work Commission ruled, “on the balance of probabilities employees are regularly working hours in excess of the maximum daily hours under the Diving Industry Award,” in a case against a local dive company.

Published: 19 Feb 2020

Maritime Union of Australia Queensland Branch statement in response to Smit Lamnalco Towage Australia (SLTA) Press Statement.

In response to the ordinary and unprofessional response to the MUA pursuing safety and outcomes for its members we provide the following response.

Published: 4 Feb 2020

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Published: 31 Jan 2020

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Wharfies are outraged after the Federal Court issued an interim injunction banning them from undertaking legally protected industrial action as part of their fight for a new workplace agreement, describing it as an attack on the fundamental democratic rights of all Australian workers.

The court order prevents more than 1800 workers employed at DP World Australia container terminals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle from taking any form of legally protected industrial action until 13 March 2020.

Published: 21 Jan 2020

Wharfies employed at DP World in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle have had approved leave cancelled by the huge global stevedoring operator, with the maritime union describing the move as an unlawful and aggressive attack on workers’ rights.

Published: 16 Jan 2020

The exclusive provider of towage services at the Port of Gladstone has been accused of using sham contracting to undermine wages, conditions and safety after contracting out a tug delivery job traditionally undertaken by local workers.
Local maritime workers will protest on Friday morning outside the Gladstone office of multinational Smit Lamnalco following revelations that the work traditionally carried out by direct employees had instead been outsourced to a business using half the number of crew members and paying them 60 per cent less.


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney