Stevedoring workers, dock workers, known best in Australia as WHARFIES, make up the majority of MUA members.


Published: 19 Feb 2021


Click here for a copy of the document which has been issued by the Fair Work Commission: Section 424



Published: 15 Feb 2021

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Legally protected industrial action will be expanded from later this week at the Victoria International Container Terminal in Melbourne, with workers undertaking a series of stoppages and bans as they fight for a new workplace agreement that addresses excessive hours and unsafe staffing levels.

The Maritime Union of Australia has written to VICT outlining a proposal to ensure any containers that contain medicines, medical supplies, or urgent medical equipment are exempt from the industrial action.

Published: 29 Sep 2020

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The Maritime Union of Australia will today use a conciliation hearing of the Fair Work Commission to formally offer a peace deal to Patrick that could deliver an immediate end to all industrial action at the company’s container terminals.

The union proposal would see the company’s existing workplace agreement extended for 12 months, maintaining the status quo with existing terms and conditions, while providing a reasonable 2.5 per cent pay rise to wharfies.

Published: 14 Sep 2020

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Published: 10 Aug 2020

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Maritime Union of Australia National Secretary Paddy Crumlin responds to statements by DP World and Shipping Australia
Industrial action undertaken by wharfies has and continues to be completely legal, adheres to the requirements of the Fair Work Act, and aims to minimise potential disruption to the general public.

Workers are taking protected industrial action to stave off corporate attacks on their wages and conditions.

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: 28 Jan 2020

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The maritime union is warning that a gaping hole has been left in Australia’s biosecurity net due to the failure to implement adequate checks for coronavirus infections on vessels arriving at Australian ports.

The warning follows the release by the Federal Government of advice relating to the spread of the deadly coronavirus to key industries, including airline, border, and cruise workers.

Maritime Union of Australia National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said: “Australia’s ports are accessed every day by foreign ships, carrying international cargo using international crews.

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: 25 Jul 2019

Global dock workers unions are sending solidarity messages and letters to DP World in support of Australian Wharfies

ITF Affiliates around the world are sending letters to DP World management. As they come in they will be posted here



Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney