Sydney Branch

Sydney Branch MUA

The Sydney Branch has a long history with the earliest organised wharfies banding together here in Australia’s first city as far back as 1872 with the Sydney Wharf Labourers Union on the now iconic Hungry Mile.

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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: 15 Jan 2021

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The Women, First Nations and Youth leadership of the MUA are continuing the online monthly meetings. Tuesday 19th January, 2021 the First Nations Committee is the host with special guest traditional land management expert, Victor Steffensen. Victor leads the Firesticks Alliance, working to care for country and revitalise the understanding and practice of traditional burning. He is also an author of a bestselling book on the subject: ‘Fire Country’, published by Hardie Grant Books. 

Published: 15 Jan 2021

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The Maritime Union of Australia has welcomed a backflip by the NSW Government, with two of the four internationally-recognised doubled-ended Manly ferries to be saved from the scrap-heap, but pledged to continue fighting to have all four vessels remain in service.


Transport Minister Andrew Constance has responded to the campaign by workers and the Northern Beaches community, who are overwhelmingly opposed to the loss of the iconic feries, by committing to retain the Freshwater and Collaroy to carry tourists across the harbour on weekends and public holidays.

Published: 29 Dec 2020

National Council of the MUA met on the 16th December 2020 in light of ongoing developments across the broader union. Comrade Chris Cain is being supported as the National Secretary Elect of the CFMMEU.

Published: 25 Dec 2020

A Christmas Message and 2020 wrap up from Paddy Crumlin

Published: 17 Dec 2020

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Position Vacant: National Legal Officer – NSW
• Work Type: Fulltime
• Location: Sydney, NSW

The Maritime Union of Australia Division (MUA) of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) is seeking an experienced legal practitioner to provide legal and strategic industrial advice and representation to the Officials and Members of the MUA.

Published: 28 Nov 2020

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The MUA is joining the global 16 days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.


Join us by distributing our workplace flyer which can be downloaded by clicking here


Published: 21 Nov 2020

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Port Botany wharfie and boxer Che Kenneally is turning professional.

“I wanna be a world champ before I retire at 31,” she said. “I don’t want to get hit in the face for nothing.”

Che is 25 years old. She has been boxing 10 years. The New Zealand born middleweight was selected to go to the World Championships in 2018 and made the Olympics trial team.

In India, Che lost her fight to Commonwealth Games gold medalist Lauren Price before doing a six weeks stint in Europe where she defeated the European Games Gold medalist in Spain.

Published: 26 Oct 2020

A Division of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union
Annual General Meeting to be held:
Tuesday 24 November 2020 
In Person: MUA/ITF Conference Centre Ground Floor, 365 – 375 Sussex St, Sydney, NSW

Published: 11 Oct 2020

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Tourist numbers on Sydney's most popular harbour route will be slashed if the NSW Government presses ahead with their plan to retire the internationally recognised doubled-ended Manly ferries from next year.

The Maritime Union of Australia said the proposal to replace the four Freshwater ferries with Emerald-class catamarans would see passenger capacity slashed from 1,100 down to 400 per trip, with the new ferries unable to operate to the same swell limit while crossing the Heads.


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney