MUA Idol – Your Union At Work

Australian Workers Film Guide


Produced for the MUA’s Working Class Idol competition, this is a short documentary articulating the importance of unions in the workplace. Primarily focused on maritime workers, the film includes location interviews with workers and MUA officials, and features coverage of the docks. There is also a short section about tip truck drivers in the housing construction industry and coverage of the Howard Government’s hostility to unions.

Special Notes/Achievements

  • Winner – Working Class Idol Film Competition, MUA (Aust), 2005.

Fifty years after the formation and demise of the Waterside Workers Federation Film Unit, in 2004 the Maritime Union of Australia agreed to establish the MUA Film Unit.  To recruit filmmakers for the new film unit, film competitions titled Working Class Idol were held. [1]

[1] Dare To Struggle Film Festival (n.d.), Waterside Workers Film Unit [website], viewed Jan 18, 2023 <>

Author: J Bird, 2023

Duration: 5 mins 18 secs

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Film Editor: Sanjit Dhillon, Martin Potter,

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