Deposit Z392 - Building Workers' Industrial Union Queensland Branch deposit

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AU NBAC Z392

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Building Workers' Industrial Union Queensland Branch deposit

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  • 1912 - 1995 (Creation)

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41 boxes and 92 cartons

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(1850 - 1945, 1950 - 1992)

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Reflecting its status as a branch of its English parent union, this society was originally registered as the Australian District of Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners in 1911 though it had existed as an affiliate of the British union since the 1850s. By the end of 1922 the name had been amended to become the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Australia. It operated until the end of the Second World War when its name was changed to the Building Workers' Industrial Union of Australia in 1945. The Building Workers' Industrial Union of Australia functioned for just three more years until it was deregistered in 1948. The name Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners was taken over by a rival, anti-Communist breakaway group and federally registered in 1950, then was itself deregistered in 1951. Reforming in 1952, it eventually amalgamated with a number of unions in 1992 to form the Federation of Industrial Manufacturing and Engineering Employees.

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(1915 - 1993)

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The Federated House and Ship Painters, Paperhangers and Decorators Employees' Association of Australasia became the Operative Painters and Decorators of Australasia in 1915. In 1918 it changed its name to the Operative Painters' and Decorators' Union of Australia. Seventy-five years later, the union amalgamated to form the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union in 1993.

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(1945 - 1991)

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The Building Workers' Industrial Union of Australia formed from the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Australia in 1945 but was deregistered in 1948. An anti-communist faction of the union established a new Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners in 1950 which eventually became part of the Australian Workers' Union. The Building Workers' Industrial Union formally reconstituted in 1962. Members of the Federated Bricklayers' Association of Australia (deregistered 1950) and the Slaters Tilers Shinglers and Roof Fixers Union of Australia (deregistered 1976) also joined. In 1991 the BWIU amalgamated with the timber unions to become the Australian Timber and Allied Industries Union and Building Workers' Industrial Union (ATAIU & BWIU) Amalgamated Union and to eventually be part of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union in 1993.

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(1992 -)

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The Constuction Forestry Mining and Energy Union is the result of a series of amalgamations during the early 1990s. Prior to amalgamation there were numerous unions spread across construction, forestry, mining and energy industries. Those unions amalgamated along industry lines to form each of the divisions of the CFMEU. Each division operates autonomously, with its own membership, executive, resources, industry policies and campaigns. These divisions date as far back as the mid-nineteenth century and include such notable unions as the Australasian Coal and Shale Employees' Federation (the Miners' Federation), the Building Workers' Industrial Union of Australia, the Australian Timber Workers' Union, the Federated Furnishing Trade Society of Australasia, the Operative Plasterers' Federation of Australia, the Operative Painters' and Decorators' Union of Australia, and the Federated Engine Drivers' and Firemen's Association of Australasia.

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Minutes of Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners Queensland State Executive (1924-1934), BWIU State Executive (1949-1987), Brisbane Branch (1949-1987) and Building Trades Group of Unions (1941-1982), membership list (1961-1980), subject files, arbitration files, state delegates convention records (1954-1994). Minutes of Operative Painters' and Decorators' Union Queensland Branch (1917-1988) and sub-branches: Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Townsville, Maryborough, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Cairns and Mackay, minutes of Queensland Plasterers' Union, Gold Coast Branch (1978-1980) and membership list of Association of Self Employed Building Workers (1972-1982). Records from 1993 were created by the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.

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Entered from deposit description 5 October 2012

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