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Building Workers Industrial Union of Australia (1948 - 1961)

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Location: Newcastle, New South Wales

The Building Workers Industrial Union of Australia was a federally registered trade union of which the Newcastle branch was a subsection.

The Building Workers' Industrial Union of Australia traces its parentage to the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, which in the 19th Century was a branch of the English union of the same name. By 1911, the union had registered federally and was known as the Australian District of Amalgamated Society of Carpenters & Joiners. In 1922, following an influx of members from the soon-to-be deregistered Australian Society of Progressive Carpenters & Joiners, the union became known as the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters & Joiners of Australia [ASC&J]. Near the end of World War Two, the ASC&J became the Building Workers’ Industrial Union of Australia [BWIU]. The BWIU was deregistered in 1948. An anti-communist faction of this union established a new Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners in 1950 which eventually became part of the Australian Workers’ Union. However, the Building Workers' Industrial Union was not formed again until 1962. In 1991 the BWIU amalgamated with the timber unions to eventually form the Construction Forestry Mining Employees’ Union in 1992 as its Building Workers' Industrial Union Division.
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  • Labour History Collection (c. 1870 - )
    The record of the Building Workers Industrial Union of Australia, Newcastle branch, are located in the University of Newcastle's labour history collection.
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Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: James Crowley
Created: 18 July 2002
Modified: 7 November 2002

Published by The Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 5 April 2004
Prepared by: Acknowledgements
Updated: 23 February 2010

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