Victoria Branch

The Victorian Branch of the MUA has a long proud history with the first political activity taking place around the eight hour day campaign.

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 Jun 2020

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

Published: 22 May 2020

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On Wednesday May 20 it was 6 years since the tragic death of our comrade Anthony Attard in Melbourne. This year like every year since MUA Victoria branch held a memorial service. 
National Secretary Paddy Crumlin wrote this letter to be read at the service
Dear Comrades, 
I'm sorry I couldn't be there today in person due to the current restrictions and difficulties with travel 

Published: 13 Apr 2020

Workers at Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) at Webb Dock in Melbourne have overwhelmingly rejected management's non-union enterprise agreement..
The current enterprise agreement, the only non-union agreement at an Australian container terminal, is due to expire on 19 October 2020. The company had attempted to roll this arrangement over.

Published: 3 Apr 2020

Raf Epstein interviews Maritime Union of Australia's Paddy Crumlin discussing the 25 Melbourne wharfies that have been stood down after refusing to unload a container vessel that breached coronavirus quarantine restrictions.
Click here to listen Paddy Crumlin on ABC 

Published: 31 Mar 2020

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Wharfies have been stood down after refusing to unload a container vessel at the DP World terminal in Melbourne last night on safety grounds, identifying it as a risk to workers and the community. The vessel docked in breach of the Federal Government’s 14-day coronavirus quarantine period.
The Maritime Union of Australia said wharfies understood their important role during the current crisis, but allowing the container vessel XIN DA LIAN to breach the coronavirus quarantine period was simply too great a risk.

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: 14 Feb 2020

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Maritime workers fear they are being put at risk of exposure to the deadly coronavirus as a result of the arrival of container vessels from mainland China, which in some cases are docking in breach of the Federal Government’s 14-day travel ban.

Workers at Melbourne’s Webb Dock were alarmed following the arrival of the container vessel. An inspector from the Maritime Union of Australia was initially told it had sailed from another Australian port, but it was subsequently discovered that the vessel had actually departed Ningbo in mainland China.

Published: 6 Feb 2020

The VIC Branch is supporting and promoting a special


Published: 6 Feb 2020

What is life like in Venezuela under US sanctions stopping medicines, food, equipment and other essentials?

What can we do to help the people of Venezuela fight to maintain their sovereignty?

Report on the International Anti Imperialist Convention in Caracas.


Victorian Trades Hall Council Meeting Room 1

6.30pm Thursday 13 February 2020


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney