Hunter Workers (formerly known as “Newcastle Trades Hall Council”) is the overall representative body that acts on behalf of all affiliated Unions in the Hunter Region. The organisation is committed to ‘strength in unity’ uniting 70,000 workers across 27 Unions to foster communication and solidarity within the Union Community. Established in 1895 it is one of the region’s largest community organisations.

The Hunter Region has an impressive history of Union participation and activism. Many of Australia’s most valued workplace conditions are sustained by the efforts of hardworking Hunter Workers. Throughout our recent history, we have fought for the rights of Australians to receive decent wages, fairer working hours, and a safe and secure work environment.

Hunter Workers encourages our community to join Hunter Workers. This website is designed to help workers keep in touch with campaigns and events that impact the Hunter community. If you have never been asked to join a union the site can also help you find the union which best represents you. There is a union organisation for each and every Hunter Worker.


  • Because of our Union, Teachers in NSW have; two hours per week out of the classroom to prepare lessons, five dedicated days per year and funding for Professional Development Training, a State-Wide Transfer System (so that those who spend time in hard-to-teach or remote areas are able to transfer to more desirable areas when positions become available), and class sizes to meet the needs of various age groups...Some workers say to me that they can’t afford to be a Union member … really, you can’t afford not to be.

    Carrie Jacobi; Social and Environmental Activist & Primary School Teacher
  • Unions today fight to protect...hard won gains and build a better and fairer future for all workers. In my 40 years as a Union member, the Union has stood by me when it has mattered... Collective strength and mutual support is part of the fabric of Australian society -- mateship -- and that is what Unionism is.

    Cr Brian Adamthwaite (North Ward), Deputy Mayor Lake Macquarie City Council

‘Hunter Workers resides in The Hunter Unions Building;

a building that stands on the land of the traditional owners,

The Awabakal People’