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: 27 Sep 2019

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The national biennial conference will be held in Devonport Tasmania on 12-14 November.
The conference will be sponsored by the Spirit of Tasmania so attendees will travel Melbourne to Devonport Monday 11th via the ship and can fly out of Devonport late afternoon 14th or 15th or transport to Launceston airport can be arranged.
Cost: $200



Published: 12 Sep 2019

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Australian authorities have detained a second vessel at a Queensland port after crew members reported being owed more than $100,000 in unpaid wages, highlighting the rampant exploitation of foreign seafarers transporting goods to and from Australia.

The Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier MV Xing Jing Hai, owned by Chinese company Ocean Prosperity and managed by Dalian Shipping, was delivering clinker — a material used in the manufacture of cement — to the Port of Brisbane.



Published: 6 Sep 2019

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A Chinese-owned bulk carrier chartered to carry coal to Korea has been detained at the Port of Gladstone by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority after crew members reported they were owed tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.

An inspector from the International Transport Workers' Federation boarded the Panama-flagged Fortune Genius when it docked in Gladstone yesterday (September 5), finding eight crew members from Myanmar who had been underpaid $8,000 dollars each during the past six months.



Published: 3 Sep 2019

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Merchant Navy Day remembers sacrifice of Australian seafarers; highlights importance of strong maritime industry

Australians have been urged to pause today to remember the significant contribution seafarers have made to the country’s security and economic success, and the importance of the industry to the nation’s future.



Published: 1 Sep 2019

All MUA Branches are now collection points for the Share the Dignity Drive. Donations can be dropped of all year round to any of our branches around the country. 

Homeless women need your help

On any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are homeless. 44% are female. 27% are children under the age of 18. Family violence is the number one reason people present to homeless services. 55% of females cite this reason. We need your donation.



Published: 19 Aug 2019

Sunday 25th August 2019 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the MV Noongah Tragedy where 21 seafarers lost their lives.

 

The MV Noongah departed Newcastle on 23 August 1969, filled with of steel bound for Townsville.

 

Battling large waves as big as 28 feet and gale force winds up to 110 kilometres per hour, seen the MV Noogah in some trouble.

 

On 25 August, the 26 man crew were forced to abandon ship just 14 minutes after the distress signal was transmitted.

 



Published: 5 Aug 2019

Morrison Government negotiations to access America's fuel reserve an inadequate stop-gap that does little to protect Australia’s fuel security



Published: 25 Jul 2019

Global dock workers unions are sending solidarity messages and letters to DP World in support of Australian Wharfies

ITF Affiliates around the world are sending letters to DP World management. As they come in they will be posted here

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Published: 19 Jul 2019

Dubai-owned DP World Australia has today announced plans to slash more than 10 per cent of its workforce, with 100 more jobs scheduled to be axed at both Melbourne and Sydney container terminals.

The cuts — announced to the media before affected workers or their union had been notified — come in addition to another 47 wharfies due to finish up this week in Melbourne.



Published: 9 Jul 2019

Wharfies are striking for 48 hours at DP World’s Brisbane, Sydney and Fremantle container terminals, and for 96 hours in Melbourne, to fight against automation, outsourcing, cuts to income protection insurance, and dishonest bargaining by the company which is trying to use change provisions in existing agreements to secure outcomes it cannot bargain into new agreements.



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Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney