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What is a union

Let’s break it down.

Unions are organisations created by workers when we come together to get a fair go and a better deal at work.

When you’re in a union, you’re part of something bigger: a community of working people. We come together, we chip in and we stick up for each other to make sure we are all protected. Being part of a union means someone will always have your back.

By coming together through a union, workers have a far greater capacity to negotiate terms and conditions than if we had to bargain individually with our employer; especially when those employers are able to hire expensive lawyers to get the best deal. By being part of a union, you can make sure that you and your workmates get a fair go.

This is why, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, union members earn on average $275 more a week than non-union members. It pays to be in your union.

Unions have been around since the 1820s in Australia, bringing working people together – and together we have done some pretty incredible things.

Union campaigns secured an eight-hour day, helped establish a minimum wage, and won equal pay claims for working women. Through their unions, working people won the right to the weekend (pretty important), paid parental leave, and workplace health and safety laws.

So when we say that we will have your back, and we will be doing everything we can to make sure you are as protected at work as possible, and get the best deal possible, you know you can trust us.

Because for two centuries this is exactly what we have done.

We’ve done all of this because we are a community, a community of working people coming together and sticking up for each other.

That’s what unions are, and that’s what unions do.

So congratulations on making the decision to join us – you won’t regret it.

 

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