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Union structure

Unions are democratic organisations, which means that all members have an equal say in who is elected to represent them. Most unions have a national office with branches in each state.

National level

Unions are governed by a national council and the national committee of management who are elected by members of the union.

Branch level

As well as a national office, unions have state branches. The members of each branch elect a committee of management to manage the business of that branch.

Full-time officials

Many unions also have full-time employees.


Workplace level

In workplaces union members elect union delegates and members of local workplace union committees.


Union delegates act on behalf of the union in matters and to act as a link between the union’s central office and the members in the workplace.