Building Workers' Industrial Union of Australia, Queensland Branch

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Building Workers' Industrial Union of Australia, Queensland Branch

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Building Workers' Industrial Union of Australia Queensland Branch (BWIU) (195?- ). Registered as the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters, Joiners, Bricklayers and Plasters of Australasia, Queensland.
Objectives - To uphold the right of combination of labor, and to improve, protect and foster the best interests of the members and to assist them to obtain their rights under industrial and social legislation; to regulate the conditions under which all members may be employed; to join with other organizations with similar objectives, to establish a fund to support trade unionists; to organize the education of the members; to publish a journal and to further any schemes to establish labor research bureaux or union newspapers or radio stations; to establish various benefits for members; to render legal and other assistance to members for the recovery of wages or compensation for injuries, to protect the interests of the trade in all its Branches, and to assist other trades by any legal method.
Publicists - See The Building Worker and the Official Trades Union Directory (Trades and Labor Council of Queensland).
Notes: Carpenters formed a union in Queensland as early as 1861, eventually forming the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Australasia, Queensland Branch Amalgamations led to changes of name in 1974 to Amalgamated Society of Carpenters, Joiners and Bricklayers of Australasia, Queensland Branch and in 1982 to the present name. The union is known not by its registered name but as the Building Workers' Industrial Union of Australia, Queensland Branch The B.W.I.U. is part of the Queensland Building Trades Group which includes the Operative Painters and Decorators' Union, the Australian Building Construction Employees' and Builders Laborers' Federation and the Plumbers and Gasfitters Employees' Union.

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