Sydney Branch

Sydney Branch MUA

The Sydney Branch has a long history with the earliest organised wharfies banding together here in Australia’s first city as far back as 1872 with the Sydney Wharf Labourers Union on the now iconic Hungry Mile.

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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: 28 Jan 2020

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Today marks a landmark day for ferry workers at Sydney Ferries.

Your Daily Crew Checklist today sees four vessels, the Mary Reiby, Rocket Alice, Annabell Rankin and Rocket Jillian crewed by union members. Not only are they crewed by union members, but the crews are paid the same rate of pay as other ferry workers under the Harbour City Ferries Maritime Agreement 2018.

This outcome fought for solely by the Maritime Union of Australia has finally been realised.

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: 20 Jan 2020

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Comrades, Brothers and Sisters,

First, I would like to thank the MUA for your help. I am a proud MUA member and I will never forget what the MUA has done for me and my family recently and in the past.

I want to tell you a short story about myself what happened on the night of the fire and how the aftermath continues to affect us.

The fires in the Wadbilliga National park were started by lightning from a thunderstorm we had around a week before the new year.

Published: 8 Jan 2020

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Australian shipping is playing an important part in the relief effort following the devastating fires in NSW and Victoria.

Maritime Union of Australia National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said the crew of the Norwegian-flagged Far Saracen supply vessel was tasked by the Victorian Emergency Co-ordinator to deliver much needed relief supplies to 4,000 people stranded by bushfires in the Victorian town of Mallacoota.

“Australian and Kiwi seafarers were the first on the scene with much needed supplies of food, water and diesel,” Mr Crumlin said.

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: 18 Dec 2019

NSW has been under a blanket of smoke; ash has been falling in many areas, making it difficult not only to work, but to breathe. This situation could last for weeks, and could spread to other states.

Members are asked to download and print the union’s Safety Bulletin and post at work.

Bushfire smoke contains microscopic particles which can enter the blood stream and have a range of harmful effects in our bodies.

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: 26 Sep 2019

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Join us on Tuesday 22nd October at 6pm to launch Thomas Mayor's new book "Finding the Heart of the Nation".


RSVP is essential and you must RSVP on this link 


Published: 13 Sep 2019

We invite you to join us on World Maritime Day... A time to reflect and remember

Meet on the city side of Pyrmont bridge at 12 noon. 

A ceremony will be held in front of the anchors at the Australian National Maritime Museum followed by a function nearby. 

Call the Branch and speak to Jeanna for more information


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney