Maritime Union of Australia

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Type of entity

Trade union

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Maritime Union of Australia

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Dates of existence

1993 -2018


The Maritime Union of Australia was formed in 1993 with the merging of several maritime unions, principally the Waterside Workers’ Federation of Australia and the Seamen’s Union of Australia. For a brief time Joint General Secretaries controlled the Union and the representation and responsibilities of the former Waterside Workers’ Federation and the Seamen’s Union were differentiated. Following the waterfront dispute of 1997-1998, however, the Maritime Union of Australia became consolidated as a single entity.


Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania

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Functions, occupations and activities

Representation for waterside workers, sailors, merchant seamen, divers, ferry workers, firemen, coxswains, deckhands, marine stewards, cooks, bakers and butchers, dredge workers, motor boat drivers, maritime workers

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Related entity

Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (2018 -)

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Entered from deposit description on 1 May 2012




Australian Trade Union Archives, (accessed on 1 May 2012)
Maritime Union of Australia website, (accessed on 1 May 2012)

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