About us

Who are we?

IWW Australasia is the branch of the IWW representing Australia and surrounding areas, with members in Australia, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Singapore and Thailand. We are excited to work with anyone who wishes to set up an IWW branch in any of these, or surrounding regions.

What do we do?

The IWW fights for better working conditions, benefits and pay for all workers across every industry. We believe that the worker, not the CEO or owner is the backbone of any business, and that our labour should be rewarded fairly.

In the long term, the IWW is fighting for a world where the economy is run by and for the workers. We believe in the virtues of a democratic workplace, where the every day worker has a voice, and isn’t simply a nameless cog working to enrich executives and bosses.

How do we do it?

The IWW believes in the power of direct action – of organising on the job, with our co-workers, to directly fix the problems that we face. This can mean IWW members confronting our boss together to demand and win safer closing hours. It can mean protesting inside a workplace to get a co-worker their job back. Or it can mean going on strike. We want to empower all workers to unite and improve our lives together through our own actions.

Who are we for?

We’re a union for everyone. We welcome all workers, regardless of employment status, industry, country of origin, race, gender, or sexuality. We believe in the power of unity and solidarity, and we proudly oppose racism, sexism, homophobia, and every other form of discrimination that divides workers and pits us against each other.

No matter where you work or where you’re coming from, the IWW is the union for you.

How are we run?

The IWW is an international union, with thousands of members across several continents. We know that the problems and struggles we face as workers are the same wherever we go – so just as the power of corporations spans the globe, our solidarity needs to as well.

The IWW is a completely democratic organisation. The union is run with a bottom up power structure. The local branch and it’s constituents are the largest block of power within the union, with an elected body of officers to run the administration and technical aspects of the union.

So should I join?

Absolutely! When faced alone, problems in our workplaces, our communities, and the world can seem overwhelming. But by standing together in solidarity with our co-workers and with those who share our conditions, we’re much more powerful. We believe that our union can help us fight to improve our lives right now and to create a society based on justice, equality, and democracy. We invite you to become a member today!