Deposit Z769 - Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia deposit 4

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Z769

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Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia deposit 4

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  • 1909 - 2005 (Creation)

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219 boxes

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(1992 -2018)

Biographical history

The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia was formed in 1992 from the amalgamation of the Amalgamated Footwear & Textile Workers' Union of Australia with the Clothing & Allied Trades Union of Australia.

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(1908 - 1987)

Biographical history

The Australian Boot Trade Employees' Federation was registered federally in 1908 following the earlier registration of the Adelaide, New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian state-based unions. The Union existed independently until the 1980s when imports began to affect the footwear and clothing industries. In 1987 it amalgamated with the Australian Textile Workers' Union to become the Amalgamated Footwear and Textile Workers' Union of Australia, and in 1992, a further amalgamation with the Federated Clothing and Allied Trades Union created the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia.

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(1987 - 1992)

Biographical history

The Amalgamated Footwear & Textile Workers' Union of Australia was formed in 1987, following an amalgamation between the Australian Boot Trade Employees' Federation and the Australian Textile Workers' Union. The Union can be traced to about 1886 with the formation of the Victorian Silk Hatters' Society, which evolved in 1912, as the Federated Felt Hatting Employees' Union of Australasia. Shortly before this, in 1908, the Australian Boot Trade Employees' Federation was formed. In 1919, the third branch of the Amalgamated Footwear & Textile Workers' Union of Australia family tree was established with the formation and federal registration of the Australian Textile Workers' Union.

In 1984, The Australian Textile Workers' Union (i) and the Federated Felt Hatting & Allied Trade Employees' Union of Australia (the successor of the Federated Felt Hatting Employees' Union of Australasia) merged to form the Australian Textile Workers' Union (ii).

Operating until 1992 the Amalgamated Footwear & Textile Workers' Union of Australia eventually merged with the Clothing & Allied Trades Union of Australia to become the Textile Clothing & Footwear Union of Australia.

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(1924 - 1992)

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Although based on a plethora of smaller state based unions that had been operating from at least the mid nineteenth century, the Federated Clothing Trades of the Commonwealth of Australia was not formed and registered until 1907. As elements of the trade, such as the Victorian Clothing Operatives' Union and the Federated Straw Hatters' Association of Australia incorporated themselves into the union, members sought a change of name to the Federated Clothing & Allied Trades Union, which they achieved in 1922. By 1924 it had become the Amalgamated Clothing and Allied Trades Union and in 1947 the Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia. The union's first amalgamation occurred in 1992, when it merged with the Amalgamated Footwear & Textile Workers' Union of Australia to become the Textile Clothing & Footwear Union of Australia.

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Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia records mainly from 1992 to 2005, including unfair dismissal cases (employees name and firm listed), textile awards, liquidation records of businesses, skill level dispute (1994), enterprise bargaining and agreement, industrial relations, wage increases (a history of, 1974-1979), occupational health and safety, equal employment (item 735), redundancy, education, disputes, campaigns (including tariff and outworker campaigns), work cover, mortality fund correspondence (2000-2002), clothing and trade awards (1926-1998) and audiovisual material. There are also some records from preceding unions, the Australian Textile Workers' Union, Australian Boot Trades Employees' Federation (Victorian Branch) and Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia (Federal Council). There are also records of the Apparel Trades of Australia (1980s).

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Entered from deposit description on 1 March 2013

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