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Protect eliminates heavy financial burdens


(Pictured L-R: Will Tracey, Allen Wattam & Chis Cain)

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) a division of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union (CFMMEU) first secured income protection insurance for our members in the maritime industry in early 2013. After meeting with and reviewing several different providers, the MUA selected the Protect Injury and Illness Cover as the preferred cover.

We first secured Protect in several agreements in Western Australia and since that time we now have expanded the Protect income protection cover to every State and Territory, other than Canberra. Protect now covers close to 5,000 maritime workers. All the major stevedoring employers are members of Protect including, Patricks, DP World, Qube and Toll.

The MUA Protect Injury and Illness Insurance cover is paid for by employer contributions and provides global income protection for maritime workers, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. We have had massive outcomes for our members and are currently negotiating more benefits as our membership grows.

Income protection cover is an important financial safety net for workers and their families facing the difficulties of non-work-related injury and illness. This cover provides a replacement income of 70% of your monthly income when you are unable to work due to sickness or injury. This eliminates heavy financial burdens such as: debts, rent or mortgage repayments, monthly utility bills, school fees, food, etc.

The MUA is consistently receiving very positive feedback from our members about the field officers and their experience with Protect.

I highly recommend Protect Injury and Illness Cover to provide income protection to any industry or employer looking to introduce income protection. The service and the benefits are second to none.

“I was diagnosed in June 2020 with a grade 4 Melanoma in my heel. Since that time, I have had to endure several operations in order to remove the cancer, as well as undergo a number of skin grafts. Protect have fully supported me not only financially but also reaching out to check on my well-being.

Because of the great assistance provided by Protect, I was able to fully concentrate on my recovery without the added pressure of financial concerns.

I cannot speak highly enough about the assistance and ongoing support that I have received from Protect.”

Allen Wattam - MUA Member

Published Monday 8 March, 2021