The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) has held informal merger talks with United Voice, the cleaners’ union, which could see the emergence of a second ‘super union’ after the militant construction and maritime unions announced their own merger plans, reported Kylar Loussikian on 20 February in The Australian.
‘The talks are understood to be at a preliminary stage, with a number of industrial organisations considering their own merger plans as falling membership numbers places more pressure on union leaders to consider consolidation.
The AMWU has approximately 100,000 members, and is ‘one of the most powerful left-wing organisations in the trade union movement,’ stated the article.
“The unions met to discuss the challenges in their respective industries, the challenges facing working people and the challenges in our political environment,” said a spokesperson.
United Voice itself, which has 130,000 members across numerous industries, was created after the merger of two unions in 1992 — the Federated Miscellaneous Workers Union and the Liquor Trades Union.