Deposit Z314 - Australian Telecommunications Employees' Association deposit

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AU NBAC Z314

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Australian Telecommunications Employees' Association deposit

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  • 1917 - 1993 (Creation)

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158 boxes and 120 cartons

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(1912 - 1992)

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Originally formed in 1912 as the Australian Postal Electricians' Union, this union became known in 1943, as the Postal Telecommunication Technicians' Association. The union consisted of telephone engineers and maintenance workers. In 1976 the union changed its name to the Australian Telecommunications Employees' Association and, on merging with the Australian Telephone and Phonogram Officers' Association in 1988 assumed a shared title. In 1992 the union became known as the Communication Workers' Union of Australia after it amalgamated with the Australian Postal and Telecommunications Union.

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(1914 - 1992)

Biographical history

The union was originally named the General Division Telephone Traffic Officers' Association in 1914, then the Commonwealth General Division Telephone Officers' Association in 1915, the Commonwealth Telephone Officers' Association in 1924, the Commonwealth Telephone and Phonogram Officers' Association in 1950 and then the Australian Telephone and Phonogram Officers' Association in 1975. It merged with the Australian Telecommunications Employees' Association in 1988 and this merged union then amalgamated with the Australian Postal and Telecommunications Union to become the Communication Workers' Union of Australia in 1992.

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(1974 - 1992)

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The Australian Postal and Telecommunications Union was formerly the Amalgamated Postal Workers' Union, covering postmen, sorters and linesmen. In 1990 the union amalgamated with the Union of Postal Clerks and Telegraphists, then the Australian Postmasters' Association in 1991 and the Postal Supervisory Officers' Association in 1992 retaining its name until merging with the combined Australian Telecommunications Employees' Association and Australian Telephone and Phonogram Officers' Association to form the Communication Workers' Union of Australia later in 1992.

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(1925 - 1974)

Biographical history

The Amalgamated Postal Workers' Union had its origins in the Australian Letter Carriers' Association which was registered federally in 1912. In 1924 it changed its name to the Commonwealth Public Service Fourth Division Employees' Union of Australia only to amalgamate a year later with the Postal Sorters' Union of Australia to form the Amalgamated Postal Linesmen Sorters' and Letter Carriers' Union of Australia. From 1926 it was known as the Amalgamated Postal Workers' Union and it survived until 1974 when it changed its name to the Australian Postal and Telecommunications Union.

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Records of the Australian Telecommunications Employees' Association, New South Wales Branch: minutes (1958-1988), membership register (1917-1976), subject files including correspondence with General Secretary, sub-branches in New South Wales and Canberra, other State branches, other unions, Labor Councils and Telecom, incoming and outgoing telexes, reports, Federal circulars, copies of Federal Council and Executive minutes, files of Rod Parkinson, Marilyn Toni Brown and Colin Cooper, dispute files, arbitration files and reports, and printed material. Records of the Australian Telephone and Phonogram Officers' Association, New South Wales Branch: membership records (1960s-1970s), subject files (1980s) including arbitration material, Telecom Consultative Council material, files relating to working conditions and occupational health and safety issues. Joint ATEA/ATPOA material (1988-1992) includes subject files, copies of Federal Council minutes, outgoing correspondence and telexes, circulars, and branch reports. Also includes membership cards for the Amalgamated Postal Workers' Union of Australia/Australian Postal and Telecommunications Union (1940s-1970s).

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Entered from deposit description 14 December 2012

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