Why should you join the union - United Workers Union

Standing together for a better future.

Join our union of over 150,000 workers from all walks of life, standing together to make a difference.

Whether you work at a large site of hundreds, or independently as a remote worker, it pays to be a part of your union.

Why join?

Better Pay and Conditions

Union members stand together for better pay and conditions, respect, and job security at work. There’s strength in numbers – when we negotiate together, we can drive a hard bargain. 

Back up and Support

When you face poor treatment at work – like unfair dismissal, safety issues or harassment from management – it’s important to be union.  At worksites across the country UWU Delegates, Leaders and Health and Safety Reps have your back. It means you can ask for advice and support. It means you don’t have to go to meetings alone. Representation and solidarity are the keys to being union and feeling safe and respected at work. Union industrial experts and lawyers can also assist with representation and advice. When you’re in the union, our ability to represent workers and show solidarity is bigger and more powerful. When we’re union, we’re never alone at work.

Union Wins 

Union members have won the rights and conditions we all enjoy today over decades of organising, campaigning and taking action.. Sick leave, weekends, overtime, annual leave, redundancy, penalty rates and long service leave and universal superannuation were all hard-fought union wins. UWU members defend these wins everyday by being union. Our fight for secure jobs, domestic violence leave, increased superannuation and other rights and conditions continues.

Join the Movement.

When you’re a union member, you’re part of a national movement with a long history for standing up for what is right. In addition to campaigning on labour issues, United Workers Union members are actively involved in the campaigns for indigenous recognition, gender equality and action on climate change. As a union member you can join our member climate action group, and get involved with our reconciliation and gender equality work. If you want a fairer Australia, joining your union is the best way to make a difference.

Training, Information and Community

Union members have access to exclusive information, training and development designed to support you at work and in your career. Being part of your union also gives you access to a community of members from across the country.

Member Benefits

As a union member, you’re entitled to a wide range of financial discounts and savings as part of the ACTU’s union member benefits program, including discounted accommodation, car hire, insurance and banking.

Why join?

Better Pay and Conditions

Union members stand together for better pay and conditions, respect, and job security at work. There’s strength in numbers – when we negotiate together, we can drive a hard bargain. 

 

Back up and Support

When you face poor treatment at work – like unfair dismissal, safety issues or harassment from management – it’s important to be union.  At worksites across the country UWU Delegates, Leaders and Health and Safety Reps have your back. It means you can ask for advice and support. It means you don’t have to go to meetings alone. Representation and solidarity are the keys to being union and feeling safe and respected at work. Union industrial experts and lawyers can also assist with representation and advice. When you’re in the union, our ability to represent workers and show solidarity is bigger and more powerful. When we’re union, we’re never alone at work.

 

Union Wins 

Union members have won the rights and conditions we all enjoy today over decades of organising, campaigning and taking action. Sick leave, weekends, overtime, annual leave, redundancy, penalty rates, long service leave and universal superannuation were all hard-fought union wins. UWU members defend these wins everyday by being union. Our fight for secure jobs, domestic violence leave, increased superannuation and other rights and conditions continues.

 

Join the Movement.

When you’re a union member, you’re part of a national movement with a long history for standing up for what is right. In addition to campaigning on labour issues, United Workers Union members are actively involved in the campaigns for indigenous recognition, gender equality and action on climate change. As a union member you can join our member climate action group, and get involved with our reconciliation and gender equality work. If you want a fairer Australia, joining your union is the best way to make a difference.

 

Training, Information and Community

Union members have access to exclusive information, training and development designed to support you at work and in your career. Being part of your union also gives you access to a community of members from across the country.

 

Member Benefits

As a union member, you’re entitled to a wide range of financial discounts and savings as part of the ACTU’s union member benefits program, including discounted accommodation, car hire, insurance and banking.

Together, we can change our workplaces for the better!

Joining your union is the most impactful way you can join the fight for a better deal at work, and a fairer Australia. 

About our Union

The United Workers Union (UWU) is one of Australia’s largest unions. With over 150,000 members from over 45 different industries, we cover Australians from all walks of life.

Over 1 in 4 Australians are eligible to join our union. Our diversity is our collective strength, enabling us to run campaigns that win big, long-term wins for our members. 

The UWU was formed in 2019 through a merger of United Voice, and the National Union of Workers. Throughout our history, we’ve shown when working people come together, we win. Together we are Bigger, Stronger and United.

 COVID-19 showed how important our work is keep Australia safe and prosperous. Yet wages are stagnant, dodgy bosses are eroding safety and conditions, and wage theft is common.

Now,  it’s more important than ever to unite and demand the respect and conditions we deserve.

Together, we can build a better future for us all.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unions were started by workers to give them a stronger voice at work and in the community. Unions collectively bargain for better pay and conditions, provide representation at work, and engage in community and political campaigns that impact members’ lives. Joining the union is joining a collective, standing together for a better future.

Every worker in Australia is covered by a specific union. United Workers Union covers over 1 in 4 Australian workers, so there’s a good chance we cover you. Our coverage can vary from state to state, but generally people in the following industries can join United Workers Union:

          Aged Care, Home care and Disability Support

          Ambulance officers & Paramedics

          Casinos and Clubs

          Cleaners

          Early childhood educators

          Farm, dairy and poultry

          Food and beverage manufacturing

          Health and Fitness 

          Hospitality

          Immigration detention

          Laundries

          Logistics and supermarket supply chains

          Manufacturing

          Market Research and Call Centres

          Property services, incl. landscaping & caretakers

          Sales representatives

          Security officers

          Sports, racing and entertainment grounds

          Teachers Aids & Education Assistants.

          Tourist guides

If your industry is not listed here, you may still be covered, get in touch with us here.

No. The Fair Work Act 2009 states that in Australia, everyone has the right to be a member of a union. Your employer cannot discriminate against you or prevent you from being a member, or from seeking help from your organiser or local union office.

Union membership fees change slightly based on where you work and what you’re paid – most membership fees are $13.25 a week. The join form will display the right fee grade once you enter your occupation information, before you submit your details.

Yes, union membership is 100% tax deductible!

When joining online you can select to pay either by credit/debit card, or via direct debit.

You can also select your payment frequency: weekly, fortnightly, or monthly, so you can align it with your pay cycle.

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