The Plumbers' Union is one of the fastest growing and most progressive trade unions in Australia. Our record of protecting workers' rights and entitlements since 1850 is second to none. We have been Federally registered since 1912. An important part of this proud union is the continued protection of our Trade Licencing/Registration systems that have been under constant attack by government legislative changes since their inception. As a trade union we have been at the forefront of training and trade development within the trade and we can provide industry-based training to all of our members. Most importantly, our union has won the right to vastly improved wages and conditions for our members through enterprise bargaining agreements, awards and site agreements.
We are a union that puts our members first. We have general meetings where members are welcome to attend to voice their opinion. We are proud of this democratic system and encourage all of our members to attend.
Surveys consistently show better wages and conditions for union members. It stands to reason that no individual worker standing alone can hope to bargain with an employer on an equal footing. The PTEU ensures that workers combine their strength to speak with one voice. We also empower workers on the job through extensive training programs to help them:
negotiate effectively on behalf of members
deal with small issues before they become big ones
ensure that decisions are made democratically
Due to the often dangerous nature of our industry, we also give a high priority to training in occupational health and safety issues, Workers compensation, superannuation and enterprise bargaining. We provide a range of non-industrial services which are set out in the services section of this web-site.
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