"I never joined because nobody asked me to ..."

Workers are always stronger when they are united together within a union - but unions don't just happen by themselves.

We all have a reposnsibility to make our union strong, and to encourage our colleagues into the union family.

That's why it's so important to ask your colleagues if they are a member of the AWU.  And if they're not - point them in the right direction!

The best way to get your colleagues to sign up is to simply have a discussion with them about why they aren't a member and the reasons they should join up.

Why workers should join the AWU

There are four key reasons why you can tell your colleagues they should join the AWU.

  • Better wages and conditions - According the the Australian Bureau of Statistics union members earn on average 15% more than non union members.
  • Protection you can rely on - If you get treated unfairly at work, the union is there to help you out.
  • We've got to stick together - Workers are stronger when they are united, and weakest when they are divided. With more members, unions are more democratic, and there are more people to share the load.
  • A position of strength - To be in a good bargaining position at our workplace, we need everyone to be in the AWU.

How to join

Joining the AWU is easy.

Your friends and colleagues can join by:

  • Talking to their local AWU Delegate or Organiser;
  • Ringing the AWU Members Hotline on 1300 885 653;
  • Or using the on-line joining facility.

Good luck!