National Union of Rail Workers of Australia

Identity area

Type of entity

Trade union

Authorized form of name

National Union of Rail Workers of Australia

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • National Union of Railwaymen of Australia
  • National Union of Railway Workers of Australia

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1933; 1938 - 1993


The National Union of Railwaymen of Australia was first registered under the Commonwealth's industrial relations legislation in March 1933. It was soon de-registered in July 1933 and many members of this original union were eventually covered by a second union of the same name, which registered on 7 December 1938. The NUR amalgamated with the Government Railways Transport Staff Association in 1938, with the Department of Main Roads Employees' Union in 1942 and the Government Tramway Electrical Branch Workers' Association around 1944-45. The Union continued under this name until 1982 when it changed to the National Union of Rail Workers of Australia. In 1993 the union amalgamated with the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen, the Australian Tramway & Motor Omnibus Employees' Association and the Australian Railways Union to form the Australian Rail Tram & Bus Industry Union.


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Functions, occupations and activities

Representation for railway workers and train drivers

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Internal structures/genealogy

General context

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Control area

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Entered from deposit description on 19 February 2013




Australian Trade Union Archives, (accessed on 19 February 2013)

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