The Australian Workers’ Union is a federation of state, regional and industry based branches. It represents more than 130,000 members across Australia in a diverse range of industries. It is Australia’s oldest General union.
The AWU was formed in 1886 as the Amalgamated Shearers Union, and quickly grew to represent shearers across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The Queensland Shearers Union formed in 1887.
By 1894 the Australian Workers’ Union was formed and advanced the struggle to cope with the conditions of the 1890s. Gradually, the AWU grew as the colonies recovered.
Federation in 1901 brought a Commonwealth Industrial Relations system. The AWU was the first union to secure a federal award under the newly formed conciliation and arbitration system the Pastoral Industry Award, with this award, the AWU was able to ensure that workers, not just bosses, had a say in setting pay rates and workplace conditions.
As well as standard union benefits such as advice on workplace issues, enterprise bargaining agreements, awards, workers’ compensation matters and occupational health and safety concerns, your membership entitles you to a range of union services including:
· Ambulance Cover at reduced rates
· Free preparation of a Standard Will
· Free half hour visit to a lawyer
· Free half hour visit to a financial advisor
· OHS Training
· Free Delegate Training
Our website is regularly updated with membership services along with training dates and course training information, so check us out at www.awusa.asn.au
As a member of the Australian Workers’ Union we make a pledge of service to you. We put members first by:
· Promoting job security
· Opposing casualisation of jobs
· Improving wages and conditions
· Protecting against discrimination and harassment
The AWU is only as strong as you make it when protecting your rights at work, because our members are the strength.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
22-24 Main Street, Mawson Lakes SA 5095
GPO Box 2577, Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (08) 8360 1900 Fax: (08) 8360 1960