General Labourers' Union of Australasia

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General Labourers' Union of Australasia

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Dates of existence

1891 - 1894


The impetus to form the General Labourers' Union of Australasia arose out of difficulties the Amalgamated Shearers' Union of Australasia faced in overcoming the effect non-unionised, unskilled labourers had in negating any strike action the shearers were resolved to undertake. This was particularly evident in the 1891 shearers' strike in Queensland. At the inaugural annual conference held in Adelaide on 9 February 1891 it was overwhelmingly voted by the ASU delegates present that this new General Labourers' Union be formed to provide union coverage for shedhands, so as 'to unite to a man and so present an unbreakable square in time of need'. The administrative and governmental structures of the GLU virtually mirrored those of the ASU. Shortlived, the GLU ultimately merged with the ASU again in 1894 to create the Australian Workers' Union.


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Representation for labourers

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Entered from deposit description 9 October 2012




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