PATEFAPrinting and Allied Trades Employers Federation of Australia (union)
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The unions' achievement of a forty-four-hour week in 1921, fierce competition in the context of low tariff protection an d the establishment of a federal award in 1925 motivated the various State based Master Printers' Associations to convene an Interstate Conference in 1921 which led to the formation of the Printing and Allied Trades Employers' Federated Association (PATEFA) in 1925 (Hunt, 1976: 33-5).
After World War II, on-going issues such as wages, awards, tariffs and undercutting of prices continued to shape the form and function of PATEFA as well as the division of responsibilities and influence between the federal body and the State based Associations.
In recent decades, PATEFA achieved membership eligibility rule changes which enabled the Association to represent employers within a broader sense of 'printing industry' and this expanded coverage was reflected in the name change to Printing Industries Association of Australia PIAA) which became effective on the 1st January 1996.