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: 27 Oct 2020

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Photo: Minister Mark Bailey and Scott Stewart MP for Townsville with Maritime Workers in Townsville today


Today’s announcement that a re-elected Palaszczuk Government would invest $21 million over two years to revitalise Queensland’s shipping industry has been welcomed by the Maritime Union of Australia as a vital step to create local jobs and strengthen supply lines.

Published: 28 Sep 2020

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I would like to pass on my deepest sympathies and condolences and those of the officers, members and staff of our union to Charlie’s family friends and comrades on his passing

Charlie’s life membership was one of the highlights of our Quadrennial Conference this year. He brought the tough working class humility, ironic humour and watchful wisdom of a true seaman and trade unionist for all to see and be part of

It was both a celebration of him but also the generation of maritime workers and trade unionists Charlie was so much a part of

Published: 25 Sep 2020

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A breakthrough in negotiations between the Maritime Union of Australia and the nation’s largest container terminal operator is set to deliver a new workplace agreement by the end of September, ending long-running industrial negotiations.

DP World Australia, which operates container terminals in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle, has notified workers that it anticipates finalising workplace agreements with the union by 30 September.

The progress to resolve the long-running dispute follows productive negotiations between the MUA and DPWA this week.

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: 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 


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney