This union was formed in 1900 to protect the interests of workers in the maritime group of industries. In 1993 the union was deregistered under S 193 of the Australian Industrial Relations Act, which requires unions with fewer than 10 000 members to convince the Industrial Commission that special circumstances exist that justify their continued registration. The fact that this union is the cultural and economic heritage of generations of Australians, was not deemed a special circumstance by the Industrial Commissioner, while the campaign waged within the the organisation to increase membership was met with thuggery, violence and murder. By becoming an associate member* you will be taking an active stand against strong arm, bully boy tactics. Details of your associate membership will be presented to the Industrial Commission in petition form when the union makes application for re-registration.
Application for associate membership* of the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union of Australia, Queensland Branch.
Oath of Fealty: This union having been formed to advance the interests of the profession to which I belong, and fully approving of its rules and objects, I hereby ascribe my name as a member and declare my fealty to same.
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