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: 9 Apr 2020

2SER-FM Sydney interviews Warren Smith on the car convoy for #noworkerleftbehind
Listen Here 

Published: 6 Apr 2020

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Container terminal operator Hutchison Ports withheld coronavirus information from their workforce while allowing the site to operate after they knew of a positive COVID-19 test result. The positive worker had undertaken six shifts in the terminal since March 24. A second case has now been revealed amongst the terminal workforce.
Despite these cases, Hutchison refuses to share potential exposure and contact information with the workforce or the union, further risking workplace and community transmission due to company inaction.

Published: 31 Mar 2020

The MUA has made a Submission to the NSW independent bushfire inquiry. 
A copy of the submission can be found here

Published: 26 Mar 2020

Olympic Park: Maritime workers to take to the streets to protest NRMA throwing Sydney ferry workers into financial ruin.
A convoy of maritime workers will today protest outside the headquarters of motoring giant NRMA, angered by the company’s move to stand down more than 100 workers employed on Sydney ferry services without providing a cent in financial assistance.

Published: 25 Mar 2020

Listen to Paul Garrett MUA Sydney Branch Assistant Secretary speaking to Frank Kelly on Radio National 26 March 2020

Published: 25 Mar 2020

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Two of the nation’s biggest ferry operators have used the COVID-19 pandemic to justify the mass sacking of workers without any notice period or option to take special leave, according to the Maritime Union of Australia.
SeaLink Travel Group, which operates 13 vessels on Sydney harbour under the Captain Cook Cruises brand, has terminated approximately 130 staff, while the NRMA, which operates Manly Fast Ferry and Fantasea Cruising, last night axed approximately 50 workers.

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.

Why is this important?

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: 28 Jan 2020

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Today marks a landmark day for ferry workers at Sydney Ferries.

Your Daily Crew Checklist today sees four vessels, the Mary Reiby, Rocket Alice, Annabell Rankin and Rocket Jillian crewed by union members. Not only are they crewed by union members, but the crews are paid the same rate of pay as other ferry workers under the Harbour City Ferries Maritime Agreement 2018.

This outcome fought for solely by the Maritime Union of Australia has finally been realised.


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney