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Industrial Support/Unions



  • Australian Nursing Federation - The ANF is the national union for nurses and the largest professional nursing organisation in Australia. The ANF's core business is the industrial and professional representation of nurses and nursing through the activities of a national office and branches in every State and Territory.

  • Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) - Represents the majority of employees in psychiatric, alcohol, and drug and disability services in Victoria, Australia

  • Queensland Nurses' Union (QNU) - The Queensland Nurses' Union is a democratic organisation. This means that we actively encourage membership involvement in union activities. The policies and activities of the Union are determined by our members. The Union's structure provides opportunities for members to be involved.


  • British Columbia Nurses' Union (BCNU) - Today, the BCNU represents 23,000 members under a number of collective agreements. The membership is divided into sixteen separate regions, and includes registered and licensed graduate nurses.

  • Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) - Protecting the health of patients and our national health system, and promoting nurses and the nursing profession at the national level - and doing it effectively - is the job of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions.

  • FÈdÈration des infirmiËres et infirmiers du QuÈbec

  • Manitoba Nurses' Union (MNU) - Manitoba nurses founded the MNU in 1975.  Today, it remains an active, member-driven organization dedicated to meeting the unique needs and interests of its members.  Over 11,000 nurses province-wide, working in a variety of health care settings, belong to the MNU.  That's 97% of unionized nurses in Manitoba.

  • New Brunswick Nurses' Union / Syndicat des Infirmières et Infirmiers du Nouveau-Brunswick

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses UNION (NLNU) - The Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses' Union is a membership driven, proactive, and democratic Union.

  • Nova Scotia Nurses Union (NSNU) - Established in 1976, the Nova Scotia Nurses' Union is a professional union representing Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses in hospitals, Long Term Care facilities, Community Care, Adult Residential Centres, VON branches and Canadian Blood Services

  • Ontario Nurse Association (ONA) - Founded in 1973, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is the trade union that represents 48,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, community agencies and industry throughout Ontario.

  • Saskatchewan Union of Nurses - The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) represents 7900 registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses employed in long term care, home care, acute care, public health, mental health, community health, and blood supply services

  • United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) - United Nurses of Alberta is the union of Alberta’s Registered Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses, student nurses and mental health workers. Since 1977 we have negotiated Collective Agreements that have improved both our workplaces and Alberta’s health care.


  • The Danish Nurses’ Organization (DNO) - was established in 1899. It speaks on behalf of all nurses in Denmark, including nursing students. The Danish Nurses’ Organization has an exclusive right to negotiate salaries, working conditions, and professional issues on behalf of nurses – in the workplace and at national level.


  • Finnish Nurses Association - The first nurses organisation in Finland was founded in 1898. The Finnish Nurses Association was established in 1925. Membership is open to nurses, midwives, and public health nurses registered in Finland. FNA takes care of the professional and ideological interests of nurses. The Union of Health Professional acts in matters concerning salaries and working conditions.

  • Finnish Union of Practical Nurses


  • Icelandic Nurses Association - The first Icelandic Nurses Association (INA) was established in 1919, the present Association was established in 1994 with the merging of two nurses’ associations. The Icelandic Nurses Association acts on behalf of its members in matters concerning professional issues, economic interests, and working conditions.


  • Irish Nurses Organisation This union of nurses and midwives presents substantial detail on its activities and structures, professional information for members, discussion areas, details of publications and press releases, news and a contact directory


  • MUMN - The Malta Union of Midwives & Nurses enjoys the sole-recognition of all the Nurses and Midwives working in Malta and Gozo.

New Zealand

  • New Zealand Nurses Organisation - The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is committed to the representation of its members, the promotion of nursing and midwifery and participation in health and social policy development in the interests of the health and partnership of the tangata whenua together with all the peoples of New Zealand.


  • Norwegian Nurses Association - The Norwegian Nurses Association (NNA) was established in 1912.  The association speaks on behalf of all registered nurses in Norway. NNA has an exclusive right to negotiate salaries, working conditions, and professional issues on behalf of nurses – both in the workplace and at national level.

South Africa

United Kingdom

  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN) - The world's largest professional union of nurses, with more than 300, 000 members. It's run by nurses for nurses, is the fastest growing trade union in the UK, is the second largest outside the Trades Union Congress and one of only four trade union in the country with a woman as General Secretary.


  • Swedish Association of Health Professionals - Swedish nurses has been organised since 1910. In 1977 the present organisation, the Swedish Association of Health Professionals was established.  It is the national organisation for nurses, midwives, biomedical scientists and radiographers. The Swedish Association of Health Professionals acts on behalf of its members in matters concerning professional issues, socio-economic welfare, and contributes actively to the development of health care in Sweden.


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