Deposit S23 - The Advocate then the Railway Advocate and then the Public Transport Advocate, Queensland Branch

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The Advocate then the Railway Advocate and then the Public Transport Advocate, Queensland Branch


  • 1947 - 2007 (Creation)

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(1920 - 1993)

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The Australian Railways Union formed in September 1920 with the amalgamation of the Queensland Railways Union, the New South Wales Amalgamated Railway and Tramway Service Association, the Victorian Railway Union, the Railway and Tramway Employees Association of South Australia and the Tasmanian Railway Union. It was the first Australian all-grades organisation of railway workers and was federally registered on 8 February 1921. In 1993 the ARU merged with other unions to form the Rail Tram & Bus Industry Union.

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(1993 -)

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The Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Industry Union was formed in March 1993 from the amalgamation of the three rail unions - the Australian Railways Union (ARU), the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen (AFULE), the National Union of Railway Workers (NURWA) - and the Amalgamated Tramways and Motor Omnbibus Employees Association (ATMOEA). It was originally called the Public Transport Union and changed its name to the Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Industry Union (commonly known as the RTBU) in 1998.

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Initially called 'The Advocate', the title changed in the early 1950s to 'The Railway Advocate", before becoming 'The Public Transport Advocate' in September 1993 and then finally, 'The Advocate' again in 2003. Years covered; 1947-1950, 1957, 1962-1972, 1974-1980, 1982-2007.


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