About the NUW
NUW's current rules (Word)
Organisation type & coverage: a union of employees connected to a range of industries including warehousing, distribution, storing and packing (click on 'Find out more' for further information).
Financial year: 1 July to 30 June
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Date of registration: 1 October 1912, originally as the Federated Storemen and Packers Union of Australia
An amalgamation with the Federated Rubber Workers Union of Australia in 1988 resulted in the organisation being known as the National Union of Workers. Four subsequent amalgamations with other employee organisations occurred in the early 1990s.
The union represents employees in a range of industries and occupations, including:
- warehousing and distribution
- storing and packing of goods and merchandise
- food manufacturing
- rubber, plastic and cable-making
- dairy and cold storage
- poultry, fish and game processing
- wool broking
- pet food
- fast moving consumable goods
- pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution, and
- market research, sales and marketing.
The organisation has a branch in New South Wales, one in Victoria, and a third branch known as the General Branch, which covers the remaining membership of the organisation throughout Australia as well as membership in specified occupational groupings.
The branches of the organisation are reporting units for the purposes of financial reporting; however, the General Branch has a reporting exemption under s.245 of the RO Act (financial reporting on an alternative basis). The National Office now lodges a financial report that covers both the National Office and the General Branch.
The organisation is governed by a National Council consisting of the National Office Bearers and Delegates from the branches. The organisation is also governed by a National Committee of Management. The governance, management and control of the affairs of each branch are vested in the respective Branch Committees of Management.
Elections across the organisation are conducted every 4 years. These elections are conducted by the Australian Electorial Commission.
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