Tasmania Branch

MUA Tasmania Branch

The Tasmanian Branch of The Maritime Union of Australia centres on the key transport providers linking the island with the mainland. These are the Spirit of Tasmania ferry service, Searoad and Toll Shipping.

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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: 13 Jul 2020

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The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) supports the Aurora Australis Foundation’s plan to save the ship which has supported our Australian Antarctic Expeditions for more than 30 years. The foundation has a strong plan to preserve the ship as a museum and tourist attraction and we believe it could be re-purposed and be all of these things. An emergency response vessel, training vessel and Museum.
MUA Assistant National Secretary Ian Bray said seafarers were keen to see the vessel saved.

Published: 25 Jun 2020

Comrades your input is needed to help shape the Tasmanian union movement’s priorities in the social and economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Unions Tasmania has launched a survey to ask for your views on Tasmania, what would make your workplace better, and any specific ideas for recovery and job creation that you have for our state.

Published: 15 Jun 2020

The latest edition of the Maritime Workers Journal is out now. Read it here 

Published: 7 May 2020

Important information for seafarers. 
As of Midnight 5 May 2020, the Tasmanian State Controller has issued directions that bring that states exemption for Marine crew in line with the national cabinet decision of 9th April.
There are now 3 recognised categories that will be exempted under the state emergency management act provisions:

Published: 26 Mar 2020

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Photo Credit: Barry Becker
The Australian Government has been urged to acquire the soon-to-be retired Aurora Australis to address critical shortages of food and other essential supplies on Norfolk Island, which has been placed in isolation to avoid an outbreak of COVID-19.
The Aurora, affectionately known as the "Orange Roughy", this week returned from its final voyage for the Australian Antarctic Division where it delivered 12 months worth of cargo, food and fuel to remote Macquarie Island.

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: 11 Mar 2020

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As the Australian Antarctic Division’s flagship icebreaker Aurora Australis undertakes its final voyage to resupply Macquarie Island with 12 months worth of cargo, food and fuel, seafarers are urging the Federal Government to take the opportunity to convert the vessel to a specialist emergency response role.

Published: 5 Feb 2020

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The bush fire emergency has brought out the best in our community.   

Published: 6 Jan 2020

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On this day in 1975 three hundred metres of Hobart’s Tasman Bridge collapsed into the Derwent River when it was hit by a 7000-ton bulk carrier, the Lake Illawarra. Four cars plunged into the river while another two were reported dangling on the edge of the bridge. Twelve people were reported missing and five were confirmed dead. “The bridge wavered for about 60 seconds before it collapsed on to the ship, which went straight to the bottom,” said witness Maurice Allan.



Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney