AMOU History  - AMOU Centenary of Registration 15 May 1905 to 15 May 2005

 In May 2005 the AMOU celebrated 100 years of registration as a trade union.  

 Following is a timeline of the AMOU history:

  • 1889:  Mercantile Marine Officers Association of Australasia was formed and operated from New South Wales.
  • February 1904:  The General Meeting of the Mercantile Marine Officers Association of Australasia voted to adopt the name Merchant Service Guild of Australasia.
  • 15 May 1905:  The Merchant Service Guild of Australasia became the first trade union to be registered under the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904.
  • The first case decided under Federal employment law was the Merchant Service Guild of Australasia v Commonwealth Steamship Owners Association in 1905. [1CAR1]
  • September 1952:  The Merchant Service Guild of Australasia becomes known as the Merchant Service Guild of Australia.
  • 1981:  The Australian Stevedoring Supervisors Association is registered.
  • 1992:  The Merchant Service Guild of Australia and the Australian Stevedoring Supervisors Association merge to form the Australian Maritime Officers Union.