To install click the Add extension button. That's it.

The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. You could also do it yourself at any point in time.

Kelly Slayton
Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea!
Alexander Grigorievskiy
I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like.
Live Statistics
English Articles
Improved in 24 Hours
Added in 24 Hours
Show all languages
What we do. Every page goes through several hundred of perfecting techniques; in live mode. Quite the same Wikipedia. Just better.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (logo).png
Headquarters133 Parramatta Rd, Granville, New South Wales
73,931 (2018) [1]
Key people
Steve Murphy, National Secretary
AffiliationsACTU, IndustriALL, ALP

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), or more fully the Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union, is an Australian trade union. The AMWU represents a broad range of workers in the manufacturing sector, as well as associated industries, and is affiliated to the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

The union is organised into six state branches, as well as four divisions, representing different industries or occupational groups: the Manufacturing Division, the Food and Confectionery Division, the Vehicle Division and the Printing Division.


AMWU members protest then-Prime Minister John Howard's IR reforms
AMWU members protest then-Prime Minister John Howard's IR reforms

The Amalgamated Metal Workers Union (AMWU) was formed in 1972 with the amalgamation of three metal trade unions - the Boilermakers and Blacksmiths Society of Australia (BBS), the Sheet Metal Working Industrial Union of Australia (SMWU) and the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU). At its formation the AMWU had a membership of 171,000, making it the largest organisation in Australia by membership.[2]

In 1979, the Federated Shipwrights and Ship Constructors Union of Australia amalgamated with the AMWU, which changed its name to the Amalgamated Metal Workers and Shipwrights Union (AMWSU). When the Federated Moulders’ (Metals) Union amalgamated in 1983, the union's name changed slightly to the Amalgamated Metals Foundry & Shipwrights’ Union, but in 1985 reverted to be the Amalgamated Metal Workers’ Union. By 1987 the union's membership had declined slightly to 163,400.[3]

During the 1980s the AMWU played a pivotal role in securing the support of the left wing of the Australian union movement for the Prices and Incomes Accord, which involved unions agreeing to restrict their demands for wage increases in exchange for the federal government implementing policies to advance the 'social wage', including universal health insurance, investment in education and social welfare.[4]

In 1991 the AMWU amalgamated with the Association of Draughting Supervisory & Technical Employees (ADSTE) created the Metals and Engineering Workers’ Union. Two years later a further amalgamation with the Vehicle Builders Employees’ Federation of Australia resulted in the Automotive Metals & Engineering Union. In 1994 the union merged with the Confectionery Workers' and Food Preservers' Union, itself a recent amalgamation of the Food Preservers' Union of Australia and the Confectionery Workers' Union of Australia, to form the Automotive Food Metals and Engineering Union. Finally, the Printing and Kindred Industries Union amalgamated to form the printing division of the Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union.

During the 1990s and 2000s membership of the AMWU declined dramatically, reflecting the rapid decline of the manufacturing sector in Australia, falling from 200,000 in 1995 to 157,000 in 2005.[3] Losses then accelerated, membership more than halving over the following decade to 68,008 in 2017.[5]

National Secretaries

1973: Jack Garland
1981: Jack Kidd
1988: George Campbell
1996: Doug Cameron
2008: Dave Oliver
2012: Paul Bastian
2020: Steve Murphy

Political Activity

The AMWU is one of the most powerful unions in the Labor Left faction of the Australian Labor Party.[6] During the 2010 Australian federal election the CFMEU and AMWU donated a total of $60,000 to the Greens.[7]

Further reading

  • Reeves, Andrew and Andrew Dettmer (eds.) Organise, educate, control: the AMWU in Australia, 1852-2012. Clayton, Victoria: Monash University Publishing, 2013. ISBN 9781922235008.


  1. ^ "United Voice and NUW set to merge".
  2. ^ Huntley, Pat (1980). Inside Australia's Top 100 Unions. Middle Cove, NSW: Ian Huntley (Aust.). pp. 141–145. ISBN 0-9598507-4-0.
  3. ^ a b Docherty, James C. (2010). The A to Z of Australia. Maryland: The Scarecrow Press. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-8108-7634-7.
  4. ^ Briggs, Chris (2004). "The End of a Cycle? The Australian Council of Trade Unions in Historical Perspective". In Ellem, Bradon; Markey, Raymond; Shields, John (eds.). Peak Unions in Australia: Origins, Purpose, Power, Agency. Leichhardt: The Federation Press. p. 247. ISBN 1-86287-530-8. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  5. ^ Australian Parliament (15 October 2018). "Trends in Union Membership in Australia".
  6. ^ Marin-Guzman, David. "Inside the union factions that rule the ALP conference". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  7. ^ Keane, Bernard (1 February 2012). "Electoral funding figures show Labor's donations collapse". Crikey. Retrieved 29 April 2014.

External links

This page was last edited on 19 January 2022, at 12:45
Basis of this page is in Wikipedia. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License. Non-text media are available under their specified licenses. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. WIKI 2 is an independent company and has no affiliation with Wikimedia Foundation.