The Maritime division makes up our second largest membership group after the electrical division and whilst there are some members with the option to secure their entitlements in a Protect severance account, most Maritime members have joined with us for income protection insurance.
We want to thank the Victorian Branch of the ETU for allowing the MUA to participate in Protect and for all their hard work over many years in the establishment of the best income protection and redundancy provider in the country.
MUA National President
Protect income protection was first secured in the Maritime industry in 2011. Initially introduced into several agreements in Western Australia, we now have Maritime members in every Australian state and territory. Workers from all major stevedoring companies inclusive of Patricks, DP World, Qube and Toll and nearly all seafarers, are Protect members, each enjoying the security of illness and injury cover that is global, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Regarded by members as one of the most important financial safety nets for workers and their families facing the difficulties of non-work related injury and illness, we consistently receive positive feedback about the support of Protect Field Officers and general experience with Protect.
Nearing 6,000 maritime workers are covered by Protect's superior income protection insurance, supporting those with anything from serious cancer claims to accidental dental issues.
Protect members often engage with us when they’re experiencing a difficult time. We partnered with Hunterlink on the strong recommendation of the Maritime Union of Australia and provide free, independent professional counselling support services to our membership Australia-wide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Protect Counselling is operated confidentially by the Hunterlink team of external counsellors via a free phone service, face-to-face sessions or on-site counselling services, as needed.
Protect Counselling is a service for:
- individuals seeking support,
- workers wanting advice on support for colleagues,
- family members of Protect.
Protect are provided basic non-identifying statistics on the use of the service including number of calls, age range and industry.
CALL THE DEDICATED COUNSELLING PHONE NUMBER:
1300 725 881
Dealing with Protect in a stressful time was no problem. Their focus was making sure my wellbeing was taken care of and I was comfortable during my recovery from my accident. Thanks Protect and thanks MUA.
I found Protect was easy to use. They were helpful, understanding and I didn’t feel rushed. This stopped me stressing and allowed me to focus on my recovery and getting back to work.
Income protection payments with Protect cover you for two years. When something like this (injury) turns your life upside down, the best thing you can do is make sure you’ve got good cover like Protect.
Income protection insurance takes the stress out of everything, if you don’t have to worry about money you can concentrate on getting better. Because we’ve all got bills to pay.
Under Protect’s umbrella, I was able to keep my head up while I did my rehab knowing
I could still provide for my family while out of work for six months. I am now back on the job and back to normal.
I’m 100% behind Protect. They met with my wife when I was in hospital and organised everything. We would like to thank you for all your help through a hugely stressful time.
I would like to thank Protect for going above and beyond the call of duty, to make the seamless transition through what is a stressful time, back rehabilitated 100% and into the workforce, on full duties.
Just wanted to say thank you for all your help over the last few months and allowing me to put a roof over my family’s head and food on the table. It has been a stressful time, but I am very glad to get back to work.
It says a lot for Protect that you have a whole team that are there for the workers, that have members interests at heart.
It's not an easy path dealing with injury or illness. With Protect, you actually get given a case manager, so they help you the whole journey, instead of you just bluffing your way along.
Protect allowed me time to concentrate on recovery. My case manager was extremely helpful. All I had to provide was a doctors certificate to get the ball rolling, then everything was processed very quickly.