Veterans and their issues are central to the MUA's work, from retirement security and health care. Veterans are also part of the backbone of the MUA's industrial and political activism.


For more information about the Veterans' Committee, contact:

Branch contacts:

President - Bob Lee (mob) 0416151109
Secretary – Bill Giddins (mob) 0409122140
Treasurer – Glen Wood (mob) 0413003010
Minutes Secretary – Alan Guihenneuc (mob) 0431423230

Western Australia 
Jimmy Donnelly (mob) 0409 593 228
Click here to download the MUA WA Veterans Association Application Form

President - Alan Bloom (mob) 0438 077 999
Secretary - Roger Wilson 03 9376 6429
Treasurer - John Brittain 03 9465 7419

President/Assistant Secretary - Barney Sanders (mob) 0459292022/
Col Davies (mob) 0418198824/

South Australia
President – Alex McKechnie
Treasurer – Barry Hounslow
Secretary – Brian O’Neill
Please contact SA Branch Office (08 8447 1779)

Published: 23 Mar 2020

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During this current COVID-19 health crisis we have brought together the following information for members.
What is Coronavirus
Workplace Health and Safety Obligations
The Maritime Union of Australia has made the following demands on governments and employers during this global health crisis.

Published: 14 Jul 2021

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It is with regret that we advise the passing of former Sydney Branch member, delegate and Sydney Branch VO/ABS Ken Rowsthorne, aka The Singing Delo.

His funeral will be held this Friday 16 July 2021.

Given current COVID Lockdown restrictions, attendance will only be available online.

For those wishing to participate in the service online, please see the login link below:

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.

Published: 19 Aug 2019

The long-lost shipwreck of the SS Iron Corwn was found this year off Victorian coast, 77 years after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine in WWII

This Merchant Navy Day the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne will host a special memorial service for the SS Iron Crown 

Hear from Emily Jateff who was Chief Scientist on board RV Investigator when it discovered the final resting place of SS Iron Crown. The vessel, sunk by a Japanese submarine off the Victorian coastline in June 1942, was discovered in 2019 in a collaboration between CSIRO and Heritage Victoria.

Published: 19 Aug 2019

Sunday 25th August 2019 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the MV Noongah Tragedy where 21 seafarers lost their lives.


The MV Noongah departed Newcastle on 23 August 1969, filled with of steel bound for Townsville.


Battling large waves as big as 28 feet and gale force winds up to 110 kilometres per hour, seen the MV Noogah in some trouble.


On 25 August, the 26 man crew were forced to abandon ship just 14 minutes after the distress signal was transmitted.


Published: 19 Jul 2019

Comrade Veterans,


Published: 25 Jun 2019

International Day of the Seafarer a chance to remember the huge contribution maritime workers make to Australian economy and society

Australians are being urged to consider the significant contribution of merchant seafarers to the country’s economy and society as the world marks the International Day of the Seafarer.

Published: 25 Apr 2019

Discovery of freighter sunk by submarine during WWII a sobering reminder of significant sacrifice made by Australian merchant seafarers

The discovery of the wreck of the BHP owned and operated SS Iron Crown, 77 years after it was sunk by a Japanese submarine attack, is a sobering reminder of the one in eight Australian merchant seafarers who sacrificed their lives during the second world war to maintain vital supplies of goods and materials for the war effort.

Published: 21 Mar 2019

The maritime workers journal is the publication of the Maritime Union of Australia a division of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union.

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Published: 3 Oct 2018

You can read the Maritime Workers Journal here


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney