Queensland Branch

Queensland Branch MUA

Queensland maritime coastline is just shy of 7,000 kilometres with an area of coverage extending from Weipa on the western side of Cape York to the border with New South Wales at the holiday destination of the Tweed. The coastline is diverse in its geographical landscape and so is the MUA coverage in this State. Towage extends from Weipa in the North as well as regular sailings on the MUA manned vessels from the Port to Gladstone. Ever developing industry in the State needs to be balanced against unique eco-systems including the Great Barrier Reef. The importance of well trained seafarers is paramount in sustaining the balance. The major trading container Port is Brisbane with three Terminal operations with major commodity exports in the Central area of Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville and the surrounding bulk Ports in the North.

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Published: 19 Feb 2020

Maritime Union of Australia Queensland Branch statement in response to Smit Lamnalco Towage Australia (SLTA) Press Statement.

In response to the ordinary and unprofessional response to the MUA pursuing safety and outcomes for its members we provide the following response.



Published: 4 Feb 2020

The MUA Queensland Branch News is available now. 

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Published: 31 Jan 2020

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Wharfies are outraged after the Federal Court issued an interim injunction banning them from undertaking legally protected industrial action as part of their fight for a new workplace agreement, describing it as an attack on the fundamental democratic rights of all Australian workers.

The court order prevents more than 1800 workers employed at DP World Australia container terminals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle from taking any form of legally protected industrial action until 13 March 2020.



Published: 21 Jan 2020

Wharfies employed at DP World in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle have had approved leave cancelled by the huge global stevedoring operator, with the maritime union describing the move as an unlawful and aggressive attack on workers’ rights.



Published: 16 Jan 2020

The exclusive provider of towage services at the Port of Gladstone has been accused of using sham contracting to undermine wages, conditions and safety after contracting out a tug delivery job traditionally undertaken by local workers.
Local maritime workers will protest on Friday morning outside the Gladstone office of multinational Smit Lamnalco following revelations that the work traditionally carried out by direct employees had instead been outsourced to a business using half the number of crew members and paying them 60 per cent less.



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: 12 Sep 2019

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Australian authorities have detained a second vessel at a Queensland port after crew members reported being owed more than $100,000 in unpaid wages, highlighting the rampant exploitation of foreign seafarers transporting goods to and from Australia.

The Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier MV Xing Jing Hai, owned by Chinese company Ocean Prosperity and managed by Dalian Shipping, was delivering clinker — a material used in the manufacture of cement — to the Port of Brisbane.



Published: 6 Sep 2019

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A Chinese-owned bulk carrier chartered to carry coal to Korea has been detained at the Port of Gladstone by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority after crew members reported they were owed tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.

An inspector from the International Transport Workers' Federation boarded the Panama-flagged Fortune Genius when it docked in Gladstone yesterday (September 5), finding eight crew members from Myanmar who had been underpaid $8,000 dollars each during the past six months.



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.



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Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney