Deposit M50 - Australian Workers' Union microfilm deposit 5

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Australian Workers' Union microfilm deposit 5


  • 1890 - 1970 (Creation)

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24 reels of microfilm

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(1905 -)

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The Australian Workers' Union, registered federally in 1905, initially sought to serve unskilled rural workers such as shearers and general labourers and eventually grew to be politically influential within the Australian Labor Party. Increasing in size as members from deregistered unions such as the South Australian United Laborers' Union and the Australian Carriers' Union were absorbed into the fold, the AWU postured itself as the 'One Big Union' of Australian trade unionism. In 1976 the union was reregistered following an amalgamation with the Wool and Basil Workers' Federation of Australia. The Union was again reregistered in 1988 when it merged with the Undertakers' Assistants and Cemetery Employees' Union. A final amalgamation in 1993 with Federation of Industrial Manufacturing and Engineering Employees brought about the AWU-FIME Amalgamated Union but it continues to be known as the Australian Workers' Union.

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Records of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Workers' Union including minutes of Branch Executive (1913-1970), annual delegate meetings (1914-1970) and The Worker Pty Ltd Board of Directors (1914-1970), correspondence, records of Charters Towers branch and Northern, Central, Far Northern, and Southern Districts. Includes by-laws of Queensland Shearers' Union (1890) and material relating to 1891 strike, and minutes of Australian Labor Federation (1896-1913) and Townsville Hotel, Club, Cafe and Laundry Employees' Union (1917-1919).


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Entered from deposit description 11 October 2012




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