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New union formed for tourism industry

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9 April 1992


An overwhelming yes vote by members of the Federated Liquor and Allied Industries Employees Union (FLAIEU) and the Federated Miscellaneous Workers Union (FMWU) to amalgamate has resulted in a new 250,000 strong tourism industry union.

Almost 90 per cent of the members of both unions who voted supported the amalgamation.

"The Australian Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union will greatly benefit employers and workers in this important industry" the Minister for Industrial Relations, Senator Peter Cook, said today.

The Federal Government approved a grant of $100,000 towards the formation of the Australian Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union.

The grant supported the FLAIEU and FMWU legal expenses and educational campaigns to promote the amalgamation and was funded from the Commonwealth Government's union rationalisation program.

The merger of the FLAIEU and the FMWU is one of the biggest yet undertaken under the ACTU's union rationalisation plan.

The tourism industry has generally been under-represented in union coverage.

"Through this amalgamation, the tourism industry will now be better served particularly under the new enterprise agreement provisions" Senator Cook said.

"The amalgamation will provide the union with a level of resources to its members and the industry in moving towards greater efficiency and productivity gains for the future viability of this important industry" he said.

For information contact: Don MacKay (06) 277 7320

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