Deposit N205 - Professional Divers’ Association of Australasia deposit

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AU NBAC N205

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Professional Divers’ Association of Australasia deposit

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  • 1969 - 1991 (Creation)

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15.2m

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(1971-1991)

Biographical history

The Professional Divers' Association of Australasia (PDAA) was established in May 1969 at a meeting of several divers, dissatisfied over the lack of job security in the diving industry, workplace health and safety issues, and the significantly lower wages received by Australian divers compared to their overseas counterparts. Despite starting from a low membership base, the union achieved registration in 1971 and operated until 1991 when it amalgamated with the Seamen's Union of Australia (SUA). In 1993 the SUA merged with the Waterside Workers' Federation of Australia (WWF) to form the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).

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Minutes of meetings, industrial agreements, subject/correspondence files concerning industrial matters, diver training and workplace health and safety issues; also financial statements, membership receipt books, photographs and maps. Also Seamen's Union of Australia, Federal Office, minutes of meetings, 1977-1987 and Seamen's Union of Australia, Victorian Branch, minutes of meetings, 1977-1987

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  • English

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Prepared by Margaret Avard, October 2012

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  • English

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