Unions make a difference
It's only through the collective action of workers through their unions that all Australian workers enjoy paid leave, sick pay, superannuation, parental leave, long service leave, paid overtime and penalty rates, amongst numerous other conditions. All of these things were opposed by employers.
Representing the interests of approximately 120,000 members across the country, the Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union, trading as the Australian Services Union or, just simply, the ASU, is one of the largest trade unions in Australia. Formed in 1993 as an amalgamation of a number of unions, including the FCU, the MEU and the MOA, the ASU operates in areas as diverse as local government, energy, water, public transport, airlines, shipping, travel, ports, social and community services, information technology and the private sector clerical and administrative area.
The ASU exists to defend and advance the rights of our members. By acting together, workers in the industries and occupations we represent are in the very best position to protect their rights at work and to achieve better wages and conditions. You can find out more about us by downloading the About the ASU brochure.
The ASU National Office
This is the official website of the ASU National Office, which serves a coordinating function for the nine Branches of the Union. While the Branches deal directly with the industrial needs of our members, at the National Office we coordinate national campaigns and industries, disseminate information, fulfill a number of the administrative responsibilities of the Union and act as a central contact point for the ASU.
In addition to working for our members directly with their employers, negotiating awards and agreements, and through our nine Branches, the ASU National Office is also represents the Union on national and international committees through our various affiliations (eg; ACTU, PSI, UNI, ITF). You can find out more about the role of the National Office here.
The ASU is an employee organisation (union) registered under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009. The ASU is governed by this Act and the ASU Rules which set out the way the ASU is run and is responsible to its members.
The Act and the ASU Rules, particularly Rule 57, require that financial statements, operating reports and other disclosures are made available to members. All disclosures will be included and made available to the membership at the end of the financial year via the Operating Report from 2013/14 onwards. Material personal interests disclosed within the first six months of the current financial year 2013/14 are listed below.
Transitional Report: National Officers and National Executive members of the ASU have provided declarations advising of no material personal interests for the period 1 July 2013 to 31 December 2013, ie. a nil return for the period.
Under the reporting obligations of the WGE Act 2012, the 2012-13 Public Report Form for the Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union, trading as the Australian Services Union (ASU) can be viewed here: