Workers in this State may have their industrial affairs covered by State law and organisations (the WA Industrial Relations Commission), or by Commonwealth law and organisations (Fair Work Australia), depending on whether their employer is not or is classed as a "constitutional corporation" (the latter for example including any Pty Ltd or Ltd company). Consequently unions in this State typically combine both a State component (the ARTBIUofE in the RTBU's case) and a Federal component (ARTBIU - WA or PTA).
Most unions have a Section 71 Order that allows the Federal Union to act for both Federal and State union members simultaneously (thus simplifying administration and reducing duplication). Thus State-Federal distinctions are largely legal; as a rule, the one union office deals with all issues relating to all members in this State. So, members can always be represented.
Events have led to the Rail Tram and Bus Union in this State splitting into two:
Officers of the RTBU - WA Branch are:
All day-to-day matters are handled by the Secretary, Philip Woodcock.
Information posted on this website about the PTA Branch is done as a courtesy to members of a fellow union.