Structure

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

Tobacco