trade unions

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
Representing 46 affiliated unions and the interests of almost two million workers.

Australian Education Union
Representing public school and TAFE teachers, and educational support staff.

Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU)
Sectors covered include food and confectionery; metal and engineering; printing and packaging; technical, supervisory and administrative areas; vehicle building.

Australian Services Union (ASU)
Covers the public sector, utilities, transport, energy, IT, social and community services, clerical and administrative workers.

Australian Workers’ Union (AWU)
Affiliated with the Australian Labor Party, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Industrial Global Union, the International Union of Food Workers and the International Transport Workers.

Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU)
Representing members working the public sector, telecommunications, call centres, employment services, commercial broadcasting, the aviation industry and science and research.

Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU)
Its members work in the public sector, telecommunication, call centres, employment services, commercial broadcasting and aviation.

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU)
The union comprises three divisions: construction and general; forestry, furnishing building products, and manufacturing and mining and energy.

Electrical Trades Union (ETU)
Representing people undertaking work within the electrotechnology sectors, including: contracting and construction, supply authorities, power generators and transmission, public and private hospitals, government and councils, transport, fire, food and drinks manufacturing.

Finance Sector Union Australia (
Representing full-time, part-time and casual staff working in the finance sector in Australia.

Health Services Union (HSU)
A specialist health union representing doctors, nurses and allied health professionals and administrative staff working in all areas of healthcare.

Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA)
Australia-wide union, representing teachers and support staff working in non-government schools, early childhood centres and other non-government educational institutions.

Maritime Union of Australia (MUA)
Represents wharf and seafaring workers throughout Australia.

Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance
Covering those who work in TV, radio, journalism, sports, theatre, film, entertainment, advertising, public relations, publishing, creative industry and recreation venues.

National Union of Workers (NUW) 
The National Union of Workers covers workers in the following industries:

  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Food manufacturing
  • Rubber, plastic and cable-making
  • Dairy
  • Cold storage
  • Poultry, fish and game processing
  • Skin and hide
  • Wool
  • Oil
  • Pet food
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Milling
  • Market research
  • Merchandising and sales representatives

National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)
A national union representing academic and research staff, general university staff, ELICOS/TESOL teachers, staff of student unions, research institutes and university companies.

Professionals Australia

Originally the Association of Professional Engineers, members now also work in science, IT, pharmacy, management, architecture and management.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union Australia 

The union for workers in the rail, tram and bus sectors.

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)
Members work in retail, distribution, cleaning, the food sector and call centres.

Transport Workers Union of Australia (TWU)
Represents members working in the transport industry, both employees and owner-operators who work across a range of industries including aviation, mining, oil and gas, road transportation and freight logistics, public transport and waste management.

United Voice (UV)
Represents members in a wide range of occupations including hospitality, childcare, teacher's aides, aged care, property services (cleaning, security, maintenance etc.), health, manufacturing, ambulance workers (in some states) and community services.

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