Deposit P52 - Australian Workers' Union deposit 4

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AU NBAC P52

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Australian Workers' Union deposit 4

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  • 1915 - 1964 (Creation)

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0.6 m

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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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Books of newspaper cuttings relating to awards and agreements, wool sales, rural industries, shearing industry strike 1945, basic wage enquiry and arbitration matters.

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Entered from deposit description 11 October 2012

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