Western Australia Branch

The WA Branch spans from Albany and Bunbury in the south to the far north of the Pilbara, with many ports in between.

WA Branch Resources

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: 12 Jan 2021

Please click here to view and download the Rank and File Voice - November 2020 Edition.

Published: 25 Dec 2020

A Christmas Message and 2020 wrap up from Paddy Crumlin


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: 23 Nov 2020

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Press Conference

Waterfront Workers will tomorrow be stopping work to meet to discuss a motion for the Union to step up its campaign focused on improving the safety conditions on Western Australia’s waterfront.

Members of the media are invited to attend the press conference and emergency meeting. Details for attendance are below.

Where: East Fremantle Football Club, East Fremantle Western Australia, 6158
When: 10:00 am – 10:30 am 23 November 2020

Published: 12 Nov 2020

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Maritime Union of Australia members working on Svitzer Australia tugs are undertaking limited forms of legally protected industrial action in response to the company’s attempt to strip away workers’ rights and conditions.

Svitzer Australia is owned by highly-profitable multinational shipping conglomerate Maersk, the largest container ship and supply vessel operator in the world.

Published: 27 Oct 2020

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In the wake of the infections on the Vega Dream and the Al Messilah the McGowan Government continues the flow of foreign seafarers from COVID hotspots to replace Western Australian Seafarers.

Maersk Supply Service operated vessel the Maersk Minder is operating out of Dampier Western Australia for Chevron Offshore Oil and Gas operations.

The contract between Chevron and Maersk is set to expire early November 2020 and the vessel is anticipated to remain close to Australia with a view obtaining additional work in the Western Australia’s North West.

Published: 1 Oct 2020

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The infection of the crew when sailing the Patricia Oldendorff into Port Hedland is a stark reminder of the risks Western Australia’s Maritime Borders poses to our community.

Across Western Australia’s 17 ports, we have vessels arriving from Coronavirus hotspots with as little as 6 days at sea.

Today in the Port of Fremantle we have the Elizabeth Oldendorff which arrives from Cilacap in Central Java after only 9 days at sea and will berth in Kwinana after only 11 days.


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney