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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The Maritime Union of Australia has made the following demands on governments and employers during this global health crisis.



Published: 18 Nov 2022

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PADDY CRUMLIN
NATIONAL SECRETARY
MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

SVITZER RANSOM NOTE SHREDDED BY FAIR WORK COMMISSION – LOCKOUT SUSPENDED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

 

The Fair Work Commission has suspended the planned lockout of tugboat workers around Australia by Svitzer bosses and ordered a return to negotiation for a new employment agreement for the almost 600 seagoing employees of Australia’s largest tugboat operator.

 



Published: 16 Nov 2022

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PADDY CRUMLIN
NATIONAL SECRETARY

MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

SVITZER DOCKS TUGBOAT WORKERS PAY FOR LOCKOUT THAT HASN’T BEGUN

 



Published: 16 Nov 2022

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PADDY CRUMLIN
NATIONAL SECRETARY
MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA

 

STATEMENT

SVITZER BOSSES ON STRIKE – REFUSE TO LIFT PORTS LOCKOUT NOTICE AT FAIR WORK COMMISSION

 

Svitzer’s bosses are on strike, not their workers.

 



Published: 14 Nov 2022

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PADDY CRUMLIN

NATIONAL SECRETARY
MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA

 

MEDIA RELEASE

SUPPLY CHAIN SABOTAGE BY SVITZER: HERO TUG CREWS LOCKED-OUT BY MANAGEMENT

 



Published: 10 Nov 2022

 



Published: 25 Oct 2022

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JAMIE NEWLYN
ASSISTANT NATIONAL SECRETARY
MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

26 OCTOBER 2022

 

SVITZER TUG CREWS TO STRIKE FOR FAIR PAY, SAFETY AND JOB SECURITY

 



Published: 20 Oct 2022

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PADDY CRUMLIN
NATIONAL SECRETARY, MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA
PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT WORKERS FEDERATION
 
MEDIA RELEASE
 
21 OCTOBER 2022
 
Strategic Fleet Taskforce announced by Albanese Government
 
 


Published: 20 Oct 2022

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JAMIE NEWLYN
ASSISTANT NATIONAL SECRETARY
MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA
 
MEDIA RELEASE
 
21 OCTOBER 2022
 


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