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Our Affiliates

The Queensland Council of Unions has 26 affiliated unions and represents the interests of more than 380,000 union members.

Affiliated Unions


Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Employees

The AFULE is a Queensland-based craft union that represents employees in the train running grade.  Its traditional membership is persons eligible to be employed in the train running industry -– Locomotive Drivers, Drivers’ Assistants, Firemen, Locomotive Cleaners and Guards – and workers engaged in and about the working or management of motive power used on a Railway. In recent times, this has expanded to include Tutor Drivers, Train Management Improvement Officers, Drivers-in-Charge, Driver Coordinators, Operations Coordinators, Driver Trainers and Technical Trainers.

Visit the AFULE website


Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers

AIMPE is the union representing the industrial and professional interests of marine and power engineers in Australia. Members of AIMPE work on tugboats, ferries, dredges, offshore oil and gas industry vessels, MODUs, cargo vessels and the power generation industry.

Visit the AIMPE website


Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union

The AMIEU (better known as the Meatworkers’ Union) covers anyone working in the meat industry: whether in an abattoir, poultry shed or in the retail sector.

Visit the AMIEU website 


Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

The Queensland and Northern Territory Branch of the AMWU is an active, strong branch covering many different occupations, trades and callings including fitters, boilermakers, lab technicians, mechanics, printers, graphic designers and many more.

Visit the AMWU website


Communication Workers Union

The CWU is the Union for postal, telecommunications & broadband, call centre, information technology and pay-tv workers. The CWU Central Branch represents these workers across QLD, NSW, ACT, SA and NT.

Visit the CWU website


Community & Public Sector Union

The CPSU (PSU Group) is one of the most active and innovative trade unions in Australia.

Membership is open to employees in a wide range of industries including the Commonwealth and Territory public sectors, telecommunications, call centres, employment services, commercial broadcasting, the aviation industry and science and research.

Visit the CPSU website


Collieries Staff and Officials Association

The Collieries' Staff and Officials Association (CSOA) represents thousands of members in the Australian Coal Mining Industry. We have proudly represented our members since 1921. The CSOA is a division of Professionals Australia, formerly APESMA.

Being a member of the Collieries’ Staff and Officials Association (CSOA) means that you are part of an organisation which protects and improve wages, working conditions and your rights at work.

Visit the CSOA website.


Electrical Trades Union - Queensland & NT Branch

The ETU represents all types of members across many industries, including
Contracting / Construction, Lift Industry, Supply Authorities, Power generation, Transmission, Coca-Cola, Public & Private Hospitals, Councils, Transport, Fire, Government, Rail, Food & Beverage, manufacturing, Apprentices and many other industries where people undertake work within the electro technology sectors.

Visit the ETU website


Finance Sector Union

The FSU was founded in July 1991 when the Australian Bank Employees’ Union (ABEU) and the Australian Insurance Employee’s Union (AIEU) voted to amalgamate and create the FSU. It is committed to providing members with excellent information, advice and support on an individual, workplace and industry level. 

Visit the FSU website


Independent Education Union - Queensland & Northern Territory Branch

The Independent Education Union – Queensland and Northern Territory Branch (IEU-QNT) is the only organisation making a difference for employees in the non-government education sector - representing 17,000 teachers, pre-service teachers, school support staff, principals, kindergarten teachers and assistants, as well as RTO and ELICOS trainers and employees.

Visit the IEUA-QNT website


Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance

MEAA is the union for people working in TV, radio, theatre & film, entertainment venues, recreation grounds, journalists, actors, dancers, sportspeople, cartoonists, photographers, orchestral and opera performers as well as people working in public relations, advertising, book publishing and website production.

Visit the MEAA website


Maritime Union of Australia (Qld)

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Queensland Branch covers waterside workers, seafarers, port workers, professional divers, and office workers associated with Queensland and Australian ports. The MUA was formed in 1993 with merger of the Seamen’s Union of Australia and the Waterside Workers Federation of Australia.

Visit the MUA website


National Tertiary Education Union

NTEU is the only union solely representing employees in Australian tertiary education. It has over 28,000 members in every Australian university and many other tertiary education providers. It represents academic, general/professional and research staff, ELICOS/TESOL teachers and staff of research institutes, student unions, university companies, and (in Victoria) TAFE general staff and staff in Adult & Community Education.

Visit the NTEU Website


Plumbers Union

The Plumbers Union is the industrial Union representing licensed plumbers and related workers in the water, fire, sanitary and mechanical plumbing industries.

They represent the welfare of their members through a strong and dynamic network of delegates, exercise industry leadership through the development of strategic partnerships and diligently manage the Union’s resources to ensure its members have a competitive advantage over non-union members in the marketplace.

Visit the Plumbers Union website

Professionals Australia

Professionals Australia

Professionals Australia, formerly the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia (APESMA), is an Australian employee association registered under state and federal industrial relations acts. Professionals Australia has approximately 25,000 members from the following professions: engineers, scientists, managers, architects, IT professionals, pharmacists, veterinarians, surveyors, translators and collieries staff in addition to student members.

Visit the Professionals Australia website


Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union

The QNMU is the industrial and professional organisation for nurses and midwives working in public and private health and aged care in Queensland. It seeks to promote and defend the industrial, professional, social, political and democratic interests of almost 60,000 members.

Members include registered nurses, midwives, enrolled nurses, assistants in nursing, students, and anyone who undertakes nursing work.

Visit the QNMU website


Queensland Police Union

The Queensland Police Union of Employees represents the men and women of the Queensland Police Service.

Visit the QPU website


Queensland Teachers' Union

Established in 1889, the QTU has chalked up over a century of achievement in helping teachers throughout Queensland, and is now the voice of more than 43,000 teachers in the Queensland Government’s primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, senior colleges, TAFE colleges and other educational facilities.

Visit the QTU website


Rail, Tram and Bus Union

The RTBU amalgamated in Queensland in 1993. It covers employees of Queensland Rail, QR National, Brisbane City Council, GoldLinq, PNQ, Transfield, QRX and more.


Visit the RTBU website


The Services Union

The Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union Queensland (Services and Northern Administrative) Branch and the Queensland Services, Industrial Union of Employees (also known as The Services Union) is committed to Real Change to make Australia a better place to live and work. The TSU divides members’ work under six broad industry banners: Local Authorities (including Brisbane City Council), Social and Community Sector (SACS), Energy, Rail, Ports and Private and North Queensland Clerical and Administrative Industries.

Visit the TSU website


Together Queensland

Together is an organisation of thousands of Queenslanders passionate about harnessing the collective power of workers to make change, build better lives and deliver quality services for the community.

Health professionals, child protection and disability support workers, scientists, administrative professionals, schools officers, environmental protection workers, TAFE teachers, prison officers, contact centre workers, airlines staff and workers from state government sectors and several areas of the private sector unite to form Together.

Visit the Together website 


Transport Workers Union

The TWU is devoted to protecting the rights of workers in transport industries. It covers workers in aviation, general transport, cash-in-transit, oil and gas, local government, passenger transport, waste and owner-drivers.

Visit the TWU website


United Firefighters’ Union (Queensland)

The UFUQ represents Urban firefighters, both career, part-time, Scientific Officers and Communication Officers. The Union is made up of members throughout the state of Queensland, as far as Thursday Island to the North and to the borders of our great state.

Visit the UFUQ website


United Workers Union

United Workers Union is a powerful new union built from two proud unions coming together: United Voice and the National Union of Workers. Our union is 150,000 workers across the country from more than 45 industries and all walks of life, standing together to make a difference.

Our work reaches millions of people every single day of their lives – we feed you, educate you, provide care for you, keep your communities safe and get you the goods you need.

Visit the United Workers Union website.