Australian Workers' Union

Identity area

Type of entity

Trade union

Authorized form of name

Australian Workers' Union

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Description area

Dates of existence

1905 -

History

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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Functions, occupations and activities

Representation for shearers, labourers and carriers, then miners, undertakers, factory workers, chemical workers, ironworkers, glassworkers, engineers and construction workers

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Entered from deposit description 9 October 2012

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Sources

Australian Trade Union Archives website: www.atua.org.au

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