The AWU nationally has nine branches, some based around states and regions of Australia, and others around industries.
As a member of the AWU Victorian Branch, you will be asked every four years to vote in elections for key positions at a Victorian and national level. These include the positions of Secretary, President, Assistant Secretary, Organisers and other representatives positions.
The Victorian Branch runs independently of all other branches and is responsibile for its own finances and day-to-day running. It makes its own decisions via its Branch Executive, which plays a similar role to that of a Board of Directors.
The Victorian Secretary is responsibile for the working of the Branch, and fulfills a role that can best be compared to that of a chief executive officer.
The Victorian Secrrtary and other elected state officials are on the AWU National Executive, which determines AWU policies and is for major decision-making is second only to National Conference.
The AWU is affiliated with the ACTU, the Labor Party, the International Metalworkers Federation, The International Union of Foodworkers, and the Interntational Transport Workers' Federation. At a state level, it is also affiliated with the Victorian Trades Hall Council.
Who we represent
The AWU Victorian Branch has almost 30,000 members across 30 industries State-wide. The broad groupings of industries that we cover are:
Civil Construction - road making, asphalt and all associate work within the sector
Construction - quarries, cement, steel fixing, riggers, scaffolders, carpenters, joiners, crane drivers and trades assistants
Defence - munitions, explosives
Funeral - undertakers, coffin makers, cemeteries
Glass - fibreglass, glass manufacturing
Maintenance - engineers, mechanics, airline maintenance, fitters, scaffolders, trades assistants
Manufacturing - metals, steel, aluminium, automotive components, brass & copper, scrap
Metal fabrication - fitters, mechanics, process workers, factories, shipbuilding, electronics, welders
Petrochemicals - oil, gas, chemicals, plastic and hydrocarbon
Public Sector - water, forestry, road maintenance, fire fighters
Recreation - thoroughbred/greyhound racing, gardeners, green keeping, horticulture
Rope & Cordage
Rural - shearers, mining, pastoral, agriculture, fruit pickers, poultry, mushrooms, tomatoes, dried fruits, wineries, fishing, packing sheds