Paddy Crumlin: a brief biography

September 1, 2011

National Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia

  • Padraig Crumlin (Paddy) went to sea in the Australian Merchant Navy in 1978.
  • He has been a full-time union official since 1987 including Branch Secretary and Assistant National Secretary of the Seamen’s Union of Australia and after amalgamation with the Waterside Workers’ Federation of Australia in 1993, became the Deputy National Secretary and subsequently the National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia.
  • Paddy has wide involvement in the port authority, towage, shipping, hydrocarbon, diving, cruise ship and stevedoring industries in Australia and Internationally
  • Paddy was elected President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) in August 2010.
  • In August 2006, Paddy was elected as Chair of the Dockers Section of the ITF and is an Executive Member of the ITF.
  • Paddy has represented international seafarers at the International Labor Organisation on maritime conventions for over 15 years in a senior capacity
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).


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