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Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

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[Australian Manufacturing Workers Union flag] image located by Esteban Rivera, 15 April 2017

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I came across an image at, source: It is clearly an Australian origin
flag. In fact there are three flags: one in blue background, the other one in red background and the third one in white background. Esteban Rivera, 15 April 2017


The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, or more fully, the Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union (AMWU) ("The Metalworkers"). The AMWU has its origins in the amalgamation of four metal trade unions - the Boilermakers and Blacksmiths Society of Australia, the Federated Jewellers, Watchmakers and Allied Trades Union of Australia, the Sheet Metal Working Industrial Union of Australia and the Amalgamated Engineering Union - to form the Amalgamated Metal Workers Union (AMWU) in 1973 (although they claim to have predecessors as old as 160+ years old). Seven years later, after amalgamation with the Federated Shipwrights and Ship Constructors Union of Australia, the AMWU changed its name to the Amalgamated Metal Workers and Shipwrights Union(AMWSU). When the Federated Moulders’ (Metals) Union amalgamated in 1983, the union's name changed slightly to the Amalgamated Metals Foundry & Shipwrights’ Union, but in 1985 reverted to the Amalgamated Metal Workers’ Union. A 1991 amalgamation with the Association of Draughting Supervisory & Technical Employees (ADSTE) created the Metals and Engineering Workers’ Union. Two years later a further amalgamation with the Vehicle Builders Employees’ Federation of Australia resulted in the Automotive Metals & Engineering Union. In 1994 this union merged with the Confectionery Workers' and Food Preservers’ Union. to form the Automotive Food Metals and Engineering Union. Finally, the Printing and Kindred Industries Union amalgamated to form the printing division of the Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union.
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The flag is the the logo on blue, red or white.

They also have a variant flag: a horizontal violet background with the initials in capitals that cover the whole flag, the letters being A, M and W (white) and U (red) as seen here: (source:

For additional information go to AMWU (official website):

Esteban Rivera, 15     April 2017