Newcastle Branch

Newcastle – the MUA’s Northern NSW Branch – is one the oldest unionised ports in Australia, shipping coal to England in the early 1800s. It was also once a vibrant port for river-boat cargo and passenger services along the Hunter, Clarence and northern river ports. Today, it is a very diverse port, stevedoring cargoes of bulk wheat, coal, aluminum, fertilizers and general goods. It is the biggest tonnage port in Australia and the biggest coal export port in the world. The Port of Newcastle is currently undergoing expansion at the old BHP steel site for general cargo and at the Kooragang Island coal terminal.

The branch covers around 600 port authority employees, workers at the bulk facilities, painters and dockers, tugs and linesmen, seafarers and stevedoring workers. The branch campaigns for better pensions, health services and financial support for the port's expansion. Newcastle is also the headquarters of the MUA's Veterans Association.

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: 3 Jun 2021

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The NSW Productivity Commission is under fire for recommending the NSW Government lift the state’s ban on nuclear power while ignoring proven, lower-cost renewable energy sources such as offshore wind.

Among 60 recommendations aimed at driving productivity and economic growth, the NSW Productivity Commission White Paper released this week proposed the ban on nuclear generation be lifted for small modular reactors.



Published: 27 May 2021

All three NSW Branches of the Maritime Union of Australia announced today that they are prepared to back Gamilaraay Traditional Owners, farmers and the community in opposing Coal Seam Gas extraction in Narrabri with “everything they’ve got”.

 

Despite sustained local and national opposition, multinational behemoth Santos is pushing ahead with a proposal to build up to 850 Coal Seam Gas wells in the rich soils of the Liverpool Plains, the Pilliga Forest and surrounding areas near Narrabri.

 



Published: 4 May 2021

After discussion with the Health Department Wharfies, Seafarers and Port Workers are able to access Phase 1a Pfizer vaccination rollout nationally using the link provided to local companies.

Unemployed seafarers will obviously not receive a letter advising them of there eligibility to access vaccine under borderworker/seaport. 

All Maritime workers should they wish to get the vaccine should register on the links in your state to access the Vaccine under phase 1A.

More information will be coming out from your branch in the next couple of days. 

 



Published: 26 Apr 2021

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Immediate Need

A surge of seafarers requiring recertification training is predicted for June and for December of 2021.

These two peaks coincide with the conclusion of the expiry date extension window provided by AMSA during COVID, and with the first cohort of seafarers who switched from the in-perpetuity STCW booklets to the 5 year expiry CoST cards back in 2016 now being due to renew them.



Published: 31 Mar 2021

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The Australian Labor Party has reaffirmed its commitment to Australian Shipping. 

Today, at the ALP Special Platform Conference, which was presided over by MUA Official Mich-Elle Myers in her capacity as federal Vice President of the Labor Party, a statement in detail was endorsed by conference outlining the party's commitment to Australian Shipping. 

 

The details of the statment in the policy platform are: 

 



Published: 8 Mar 2021

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The Maritime Union of Australia and all if its branches have endorsed support for the March4Justice rallies in March. Click here for dates and locations near you. RALLY DATES AND LOCATIONS



Published: 8 Feb 2021

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Published: 5 Feb 2021

Comrades,

MUA-Newcastle Branch Working Waves 2021

Friday 19th March 2021 @ 7am

Soldiers Beach Surf Club, Norah Head



Published: 3 Feb 2021

 

 

The Morrison Government’s proposed Omnibus Bill will leave Australian workers worse off at a time when they can least afford it. It tips the balance of our industrial relations system in the favour of employers – and will lead to less workplace rights as well as cuts to our pay and conditions.

 

Help us stop the Bus.

 

https://www.stopthebus.com.au/

 

Download our flyer for your workplace here



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