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Trade Union entry Australian Telegraphists Union (i) (1920)

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    Chart 8: Trade Unions - Communications and Electrical

Trade Union (Federal)
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Deregistered [was 135V]


The Australian Telegraphists' Union was formed in 1920 as a breakaway group from the Australian Commonwealth Post & Telegraph Officers' Association. Deregistered just a few months later, it was formed again in 1921 under the same title. By 1925 it was known as the Australian Telegraphists & Clerical Assistants' Union.

Two years later, in 1927, the Union re-emerged as the Australian Third Division Telegraphists & Postal Clerks Union. Operating until 1966 the Third Division Telegraphists & Postal Clerks Union reregistered as the Union of Postal Clerks & Telegraphists. By 1990 the Union had merged into the Australian Postal & Telecommunications' Union, retaining this title, despite further amalgamations and reregistrations, until 1992. In 1992, the Australian Postal & Telecommunications' Union amalgamated with the Australian Telecommunications Employees' Association/Australian Telephone & Phonogram Officers' Association and became the Communication Workers' Union of Australia. A further amalgamation in 1994 with the Electrical Electronic Plumbing & Allied Workers' Union of Australia to form the all encompassing Communications Electrical Electronic Energy Information Postal Plumbing & Allied Services' Union of Australia.

Published resources


  • Baker, John S., Communicators and their First Trade Unions: A History of the Telegraphist and Postal Clerk Unions of Australia, UPCT, Haymarket, New South Wales, 1980, 372 pp. Details

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Chart 8: Trade Unions - Communications and Electrical


Bruce A. Smith