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Frequently asked questions
Unions were started by workers to give them a stronger voice at work and in the community. Unions collectively bargain for better pay and conditions, provide representation at work, and engage in community and political campaigns that impact members’ lives. Joining the union is joining a collective, standing together for a better future.
Every worker in Australia is covered by a specific union. United Workers Union covers over 1 in 4 Australian workers, so there’s a good chance we cover you. Our coverage can vary from state to state, but generally people in the following industries can join United Workers Union:
– Aged Care, Home care and Disability Support
– Ambulance officers & Paramedics
– Casinos and Clubs
– Early childhood educators
– Farm, dairy and poultry
– Food and beverage manufacturing
– Health and Fitness
– Immigration detention
– Logistics and supermarket supply chains
– Market Research and Call Centres
– Property services, incl. landscaping & caretakers
– Sales representatives
– Security officers
– Sports, racing and entertainment grounds
– Teachers Aids & Education Assistants.
– Tourist guides
If your industry is not listed here, you may still be covered, get in touch with us here.
No. The Fair Work Act 2009 states that in Australia, everyone has the right to be a member of a union. Your employer cannot discriminate against you or prevent you from being a member, or from seeking help from your organiser or local union office.
Union membership fees change slightly based on where you work and what you’re paid – most membership fees are $13.25 a week. The join form will display the right fee grade once you enter your occupation information, before you submit your details.
Yes, union membership is 100% tax deductible!
United Workers Union also sends members emails during tax-time with your total dues paid in the previous financial year – making claiming your due easy!
When joining online you can select to pay either by credit/debit card, or via direct debit.
You can also select your payment frequency: weekly, fortnightly, or monthly, so you can align it with your pay cycle.
Union members have won the rights and conditions we all enjoy today over decades of organising, campaigning, and taking action. Sick leave, weekends, overtime, annual leave, redundancy, penalty rates and long service leave, and universal superannuation were all hard-fought union wins. United Workers Union members defend these wins everyday by being union, and our fight for secure jobs, domestic violence leave, increased superannuation and other rights and conditions continues.
The United Workers Union has a long history – being a successor of the Watchmen, Caretakers and Cleaners Union of New South Wales (W.C.C.U), which was first established in 1910.
The W.C.C.U allowed workers from industries that weren’t represented by other trade unions to join – making it one of the first Australian unions to represent several highly casualised and isolated industries.
In 1915 the W.C.C.U amalgamated with the Victorian branch – changing the unions name to the Federated Miscellaneous Workers’ Union (fondly called the ‘Missos’) to represent the broad range of industries the union covered.
Members of the Missos played a key role in winning some of the conditions we might take for granted today – like paid sick leave, annual leave, and the forty-hour work week.
After more than 100 years and several amalgamations (the largest being the recent amalgamation of United Voice and the National Union of Workers), what was once the W.C.C.U is now the United Workers Union – one of Australia’s largest unions, with more than 150,000 members in 45+ industries.