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Better rights for casual and contract workers, a much larger investment in Australia’s workforce and an overhaul of our welfare system will be the building blocks of reforms to undo the damage caused by the spread of insecure work.
Dave Oliver has been elected as the new ACTU Secretary at the union movement’s Congress in Sydney today. Mr Oliver was elected unopposed to replace Jeff Lawrence, who did not seek re-nomination after five years in the position.
I would like to pay respect to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet – the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.
My fellow elected officers of the ACTU – especially Secretary Jeff Lawrence, who is attending his final Congress as secretary – the ACTU Executive, international visitors, delegates…
Few would disagree that sharing the wealth of our nation's natural resources makes perfect sense, and of late the media spotlight and public debate has been well and truly centred on the mining sector in this regard.
Day 2 of ACTU Congress was another truly amazing day to be part of Australia’s largest social movement.
By the end of Day 1 we had heard from different unions about the campaigns they are running and their importance to all workers. We had the election of Secretary-elect Dave Oliver, an address from the Prime Minister, and the Youth Policy.
Stumps on day one of Congress finds me exhausted and exhilarated in equal measure. And so very grateful to be part of a movement that continues to do day in and day out what we do best, and what we should be shouting out from every corner and every rooftop ... Unionists fight to make sure no one is left behind. Let's b...
Everyone's always eager on Day One of an ACTU Congress. It's the best day to make good speeches - everyone's listening at the Workers' Parliament.
ACTU Congress got off to a great start with indigenous welcome. Ged Kearney's speech set the scene for congress, with recognition of our past achievements, recent wins including the ASU pay equity campaign, those that have opposed us, our need for accountability, the challenges of the past and future, the global questi...