National Industrial Organiser 20170821

The Australian Workers’ Union is the nation’s oldest and largest blue-collar trade union representing more than 85,000 working Australians.

We are a diverse union representing workers in a range of industries including manufacturing, steel, aluminium, glass, oil & gas, aviation, agriculture, construction, state public services, local government, health, food, resources, aquaculture, and events.

Getting the best outcome for our members is at the heart of what we do.


Position Description
The AWU National Office is seeking a full-time National Industrial Organiser to be based in Sydney. This role will include the following work:

  • Lead the bargaining of national agreements with Branch Organisers and Delegates in AWU Industries;
  • Identify, plan and roll-out bargaining campaigns in targeted Industries to grow the Union and build member strength;
  • Plan and facilitate industry conferences for Union Delegates
  • Overseeing and facilitating the AWU Industry Reference Groups
  • Develop Industrial reports for the AWU National Executive in line with the Union’s workplan and emerging national projects
  • Other duties as directed including representing the union on Industry training committees, at relevant conferences and industry meetings as well as assisting with relevant policy and agreement development


Essential criteria

  • previous experience in industrial relations
  • Ability to work under limited supervision in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills with a string attention to detail
  • A demonstrated commitment to union values
  • Experience as an Organiser, Senior Delegate, Lead Organiser or similar.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • A commitment to trade union values.
  • Can travel interstate regularly


Desirable criteria

  • Familiarity with key industries in which the AWU has coverage
  • An ability to develop, implement and oversee campaign plans.
  • A strong understanding of the Fair Work Act.

An attractive Salary will be offered depending on experience and skills plus a vehicle and other generous conditions. A relocation package may also be available to the successful applicant if moving from interstate.


To apply for this position, please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to Debra Bushell at debra.bushell@nat.awu.net.au using the subject heading ‘National Industrial Organiser Application. Applications close on Friday 15 September 2017 at COB. Please direct enquiries to the above address, or call (02) 8005 3333.

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AWU National Office

Closing Date

Friday, September 15, 2017

Closing Time

06:00 PM


Level 10 377-383 Sussex Street
Sydney, NSW 2000

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Contact Name

Debra Bushell

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