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Why are we making this change?

Working people are powerful when we stand together. The bigger we are, the stronger we are, and the more power we have to make real change. That’s why United Voice and the National Union of Workers are talking about the possibility of building a new union – a powerful force for change.

How would the new union be created?

In May 2019, National Councils of the NUW and United Voice endorsed a proposal to build a new union together. The proposal was lodged with the Fair Work Commission so that a vote of all members can be held. You ballots will be mailed by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) on 24 July and need to be received by the AEC by 28 August. Your delegate or organiser will be keeping you updated on when you will see the ballot in your letterbox, depending on where you live in Australia.

Will members have a say?

We want to hear from you at every step of the way. Members selected the new name of a new union - United Workers Union - and will vote on the final decision to create a new union. This is a democratic process. Ballots will be mailed to all members of NUW and United Voice by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) on 24 July and need to be received by the AEC by 28 August.

What would the name of the new union be?

Members of both Unions have now had the opportunity to vote on the name of a New Union. The New Union will be called United Workers Union. This name was on the paperwork that went to Fair Work to apply for a ballot.

Who are United Voice and NUW?

United Voice and National Union of Workers members have a shared and strong history of fighting for working people. From cradle to grave and from farm to plate, our members will touch the lives of every Australian, every day of their life. You can find out more by visiting each union’s website: www.unitedvoice.org.au and www.nuw.org.au

Will members have to resign and re-join the New Union?

If the New Union is voted up, all members of United Voice and the NUW will automatically become members of the New Union. This means no interruption to continuity of membership.

What will this mean for my industry or region?

We are committed to building a strong, national union for all members – no matter where they live and work. The new union will provide a home for all sectors, big and small, in every corner of the country. There will be a careful transition process to bring everyone into the new union.

What happens to our Agreement?

The status of your Agreement will not change. The New Union will be a party to your Agreement and will be able to enforce your Agreement.

What happens to our Delegates?

All Delegates will continue to serve in the New Union. Delegates will continue being leaders in our workplaces and representing members. There will be an even bigger focus on supporting, developing and training delegates in the new union.

What happens to our Organisers?

All organisers will be required in the new union, and the level of organiser support members get will stay the same. As usual, some organisers may move between industry teams or sites as needed.

How can I stay up to date about the creation of a New Union?

This website will be updated with news and you will also continue to receive direct communication by email. You can ask a question below or speak to your delegate or organiser for more info or to get involved.

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