Unions are democratic organisations, which means that all members have an equal say in who is elected to represent them. Most unions have a national office with branches in each state.
Unions are governed by a national council and the national committee of management who are elected by members of the union.
As well as a national office, unions have state branches. The members of each branch elect a committee of management to manage the business of that branch.
Many unions also have full-time employees.
In workplaces union members elect union delegates and members of local workplace union committees.
Union delegates act on behalf of the union in matters and to act as a link between the union’s central office and the members in the workplace.