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Anderson, Joseph Edward (Joe) (1915–?)

Joseph (Joe) Edward Anderson Birth 5 July 1915 Marriage ? Death ?

1940, joined NSW Branch of Operative Painters and Decorators Union of Australia (OPDUA), before joining AIF and serving in Middle East. Post-war, elected to NSW Branch Management Committee, Vice-President for two years; July, 1955, elected Secretary, amidst disruptions with Groupers. 1958, elected Honorary Federal Secretary of OPDUA; 1961-80, first full-time Secretary, taking ‘a cold and rational view’ that union’s strength was declining such that maintaining a viable financial base and/or amalgamation with more powerful union was imperative. A moderate, mainstream ALP man, although banned from building sites by employers in 1957.  President, Building Trades Group, NSW Labor Council, 1956-58. Served on ACTU Executive and represented ACTU at ILO conference, Geneva. Major achievement was part in 1975 Building Trades Construction Award, which became a pace setter for workers’ wages.

Spearrings; Painter and Decorator, Sept/Oct 1982

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  • Biographical Register of the Australian Labour Movement 1788-1975, 2012

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