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: 4 Jan 2020

Maritime Union of Australia offices in Newcastle, Sydney, Port Kembla, Melbourne, Devonport, Adelaide and Fremantle are now collection points for donations for the bushfire relief effort.

We are collecting:

Non perishable food items. Including longlife milk and drinks, pet food etc

Clothing in clean and good condition

Personal hygiene items for adults and children. Wipes, Nappies, Feminine Hygiene Products, Toothpaste, Soap etc

You can donate in normal business hours at the following addresses: 

NEWCASTLE 406-408 King St Ncle West

Published: 20 Dec 2019

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Members of the Maritime Union of Australia Newcastle Branch made a donation of $12,000 to the John Hunter Hospital Starlight Children’s Foundation yesterday.

The money has been raised by the branch and union members from the tugs, lines, coal workers, port workers, and veterans, with some of those members to hand over the check at John Hunter Hospital tomorrow.

Published: 11 Oct 2019

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The Newcastle Branch is excited to announce we will be hosting Thomas Mayor in Newcastle for his book launch,

Finding the Heart of the Nation - The journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth

Thursday 31st October 5pm for a 5:30 start

Harbourview Function Centre

150 Wharf Road, Newcastle

Published: 9 Oct 2019

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MUA Newcastle Branch - Picnic Day - John Brennan Shield

Newcastle Veterans host the John Brennan Shield - Lawn Bowls

Monday 4th November, 2019 starting at 10am

Carrington Bowling Club

Published: 4 Oct 2019

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The MUA Youth Touch Footy day 2019

Saturday 16th November, 2019

Gibbs Brothers Oval, Merewether

Published: 30 Sep 2019

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A 4-hour stop work meeting of wharfies from across the three Newcastle stevedoring companies has unanimously resolved to campaign to protect their jobs and right to work in the Port of Newcastle.

The mass meeting of Newcastle wharfies today resolved:

Published: 29 Sep 2019

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Wharfies will stop work across the Port of Newcastle today, incensed by a move by management to stop wharfies from driving a new bulk unloading crane, threatening the job security of local workers.

Maritime Union of Australia Newcastle Branch Secretary Glen Williams said workers would be meeting to discuss further responses to the Port of Newcastle’s attack on wharfies’ jobs, including industrial action.

“We will stop at nothing to protect wharfies’ jobs from coming under attack from the privatised port authority,” Mr Williams said.

Published: 27 Sep 2019

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The national biennial conference will be held in Devonport Tasmania on 12-14 November.
The conference will be sponsored by the Spirit of Tasmania so attendees will travel Melbourne to Devonport Monday 11th via the ship and can fly out of Devonport late afternoon 14th or 15th or transport to Launceston airport can be arranged.
Cost: $200

Published: 27 Sep 2019

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The NSW Government is being urged to explore the fast-tracking of dredging for the proposed Port of Newcastle liquified natural gas import terminal, with the extracted river sand used to restore Stockton beach.

The Maritime Union of Australia said dredged sand from the Hunter River, which would have naturally joined Stockton beach before the port was constructed, offered a fast, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable solution to address the current erosion crisis.

Published: 3 Sep 2019

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Merchant Navy Day remembers sacrifice of Australian seafarers; highlights importance of strong maritime industry

Australians have been urged to pause today to remember the significant contribution seafarers have made to the country’s security and economic success, and the importance of the industry to the nation’s future.


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney