Printing Industry Employees' Union of Australia

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The Printing Industry Employees' Union of Australia (PIEUA) was an Australian trade union which existed between 1915 and 1966. It represented a range of production and trades workers in the printing industry.[1]

History[edit]

The PIEUA was formed on 6 December 1916 through the merger of a number of state-based typographical associations, which primarily represented compositors - skilled tradesmen responsible for typesetting in the printing industry.[2][3] The union achieved registration in the federal arbitration system in the following year.

In 1888 the Western Australian Typographical Society formed. This union changed its name in 1900 to the Western Australian Typographical Industrial Union of Workers and became the Western Australian branch of the Printing Industries Employees Union of Australia in 1916. The formation of the Victorian branch of the PIEUA only occurred in 1921 due to disputes between the small craft unions in the printing trade. The Victorian Typographical Society merged to become part of the PIEUA Victorian branch. The Australian Bookbinders & Paper Rulers' Association is believed to have formed around 1878, and merged to become part of the PIEUA Victorian branch. The Ballarat Typographical Society formed in 1857. It was a small and conservative group, which avoided amalgamations until it merged to become part of the PIEUA Victorian branch.

The PIEUA merged with the Amalgamated Printing Trades Employees' Union of Australia in 1966 to form the Printing and Kindred Industries Union (PKIU).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Bruce A. (20 April 2001). "Printing Industry Employees Union of Australia (1917 - 1966)". Australian Trade Union Archives. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  2. ^ Fitzgerald, Ronald Thomas (1967). The Printers of Melbourne: The History of a Union. Melbourne: Pitman.
  3. ^ Hagan, Jim (1966). Printers and Politics: A History of the Australian Printing Unions 1850-1950. Canberra: Australian National University Press.
  4. ^ Churchett, James (1975). One Hundred Years of the Printing Union in South Australia 1874-1974. Adelaide: Printing and Kindred Industries Union (South Australian Branch).