NUW members work for all sorts of employers, from multinational corporations to small businesses, in a diverse range of industries including; warehousing & distribution, cold storage, fresh food processors, poultry, dairy, food manufacturing, general manufacturing, food services, market research & call centres, pharmaceutical, defence logistics, sales & marketing and oil.
We are United
We are united by a set of common values and interests. These interests include fighting for a better standard of living for all our members and empowering our fellow members to have control over their working lives. We uphold the shared values of solidarity, equality, social justice and respect.
It is important that NUW members campaign and fight together no matter how we are employed, whether permanent, casual, part time, contract. We must stand together because EVERY WORKER COUNTS. Find out more about our campaign Jobs you can count on!
We realise our interests and values through collective bargaining; fighting for safer workplaces, and campaigning for a fairer and more just community for us, our children and future generations. We have demonstrated this through our proud history, which includes being at the forefront of the creation of Australia’s contemporary system of universal superannuation.
We also recognise that we are part of a global union movement fighting to empower workers everywhere. We organise with fellow workers in the global union movement through our strong support of the International Union of Food Workers and APHEDA – Union Aid Abroad.
Whilst these are our primary goals, as a member based organisation we acknowledge the need for appropriate policies and procedures to ensure that our resources are properly managed. The Union has a range of policies that govern how we do this, including our Principles of Financial Accounting, Reporting Obligations and Governance. A copy of these principles can be downloaded here.
Members may obtain information about other polices by contacting the Union on 1300 275 689.
The NUW supports the concept of equal opportunity such that all workers are entitled to an equitable workplace free of discrimination based on gender, ethnic background, religion or sexual preference. This includes the right to a workplace free of sexual harassment and the concept of promotion on merit.
The Union recognises the importance of the increased involvement of women in all facets of the Union in terms of both its own employees and elected officials and the membership. Attracting and retaining the best people for elected and non-elected positions will ensure the NUW membership will receive the best professional assistance to enable the best possible outcomes for workers.
The Union is committed to the concept and practices of affirmative action, which includes structured activities to redress structural and historical discrimination that could prevent women from having fair and equal treatment and opportunity in the workplace. For example, reviewing and altering employment practices and working conditions to ensure they do not discriminate against women who have family responsibilities.
In the NUW, affirmative action is not about discrimination against men or filling positions with equal number of men and women. Its aim is to allow women who have been held back by discriminatory practices, to get into jobs on a more equal footing, and on the basis of their skills, talents, experience and qualifications. These affirmative action strategies reflect but are not restricted to the Union's responsibilities defined under the Affirmative Action Act 1986.
Amalgamation Ballot Results (D2019/9)
On 30 August 2019 the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) concluded counting returned ballots in the amalgamation ballot between members of the National Union of Workers and United Voice. You can download a copy of the ballot results for the National Union of Workers here and for United Voice here.
Direct Debit Members Information
For members of the Victorian and General Branch who currently pay their membership fees by direct debit, the Union is in the process of transferring its banking to a new provider. For more information.
Read more about our Direct debit service request agreement
Workplace Gender Equality Agency – Annual Return 2018-2019
The National Union of Workers is an organisation of employees registered under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009. The Union is covered by the provisions of the Privacy Act 1998.
Privacy and our Website
The purpose of this statement is to let you know what information is collected about you when you visit our website, how this information is used, to whom it is disclosed, and your ability to have any incorrect personal information amended. Read more about the Privacy Statement.
Membership Fees – Further Information
If you would like more information about how your rights and responsibilities in paying membership fees as well as how your fees are paid to us. Read more on Membership fees.
If you pay your fees by direct debit and would like a copy your direct debt service agreement (which would have been sent you when your membership was accepted) you can download a copy. Direct Debt Service Agreement
You can download a copy of the officers of the National Office and each branch of the Union here.