Deposit Z570 - Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Industry Union, National Office deposit 1

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AU NBAC Z570

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Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Industry Union, National Office deposit 1

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  • 1921 - 1996 (Creation)

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296 boxes

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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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(1900 - 1993)

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The Union was originally known as the Federated Railway Locomotive Enginemen's Association of Australasia after the amalgamation of the Locomotive Engine Drivers' & Firemens' Association from Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. In February 1921, it was renamed the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen and gained federal registration with the Federal Arbitration Court. By 1926 the union had changed its name to the Australian Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, but reverted back to Australian Federated Union of Enginemen in 1927. In 1993 the AFULE merged with the Australian Tramway & Motor Omnibus Employees' Association, the National Union of Rail Workers of Australia and the Australian Railways Union to form the Australian 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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Minutes, reports, arbitration and industrial material, financial records, correspondence, election of office bearers, rules, branch records, amalgamation papers, material re Australian National Railways and Rail Industry Council, historical material and publications. Includes records of predecessors Australian Railways Union and Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen.

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Entered from deposit description on 19 February 2013

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