Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union

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Full name Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union
Founded 1996
Date dissolved October 2015
Members 46,000
Affiliation NZCTU, Labour Party
Key people Don Pryde, president
Bill Newson, national secretary
Country New Zealand

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) was the largest private sector trade union in New Zealand. It was formed in 1996 by the merger of the Engineers' Union (EU), the Printing, Packaging and Manufacturing Union (PPMU), and the Communications and Energy Workers' Union (CEWU).

The EPMU represented workers in eleven industries, including:

  • Engineering
  • Print & Media
  • Manufacturing
  • Telecommunications
  • Timber
  • Aviation
  • Plastics
  • Postal & Logistics
  • Petrochemical & Extractive
  • Public Services & Infrastructure
  • Food

The EPMU had 40,000 members and was affiliated with the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions and the New Zealand Labour Party. It was also an affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists. In October 2015, it merged with the Service & Food Workers Union to form E tū.[1]


  1. ^ "Union merger brings 50,000 together". Wairarapa Times-Age. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 

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