ACTU strategy: 'Getting unions more modern and democratic'; Julia Gillard states case to royal commission

Anna Patty The Australian Council of Trade Unions will pre-empt findings from the royal commission into trade unions with its own strategies including an internal ombudsman to stamp out union corruption.

ACTU's Tim Lyons criticises royal commission into trade unions

Anna Patty Australian Council of Trade Unions questions the federal government's promise that the royal commission into trade unions would be a "sword that will cut both ways".

ACTU push for casual workers to become permanent

ACTU President Ged Kearney says it is unfair for casual employees working regular shifts to be denied sick leave and annual holidays.

Anna Patty Unions are pushing to improve the security of casual workers by having a clause introduced in modern awards allowing them to become permanent employees.

Domestic violence victims should have paid leave, says ACTU

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21:  ACTU president Ged Kearney posing for a photo outside her office, for an AFR story on successful women lobbyists,  on July 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Luis Ascui/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Judith Ireland Australian workers should be able to take specific paid leave for domestic violence, unions have demanded.

ACTU boycotts royal commission


Anna Patty The ACTU has boycotted a policy review by the royal commission into trade unions, saying it is too rushed and "piecemeal".

ACTU to seek rise in minimum wages as home ownership becomes a pipedream


Anna Patty Home ownership is beyond the reach of an estimated 1.5 million Australians because the growth in house prices has outstripped the rise in minimum wage more than twofold, unions say.

ACTU wants action as workplace violence predicted to affect one in four employees

Ged Kearney.

Rachel Browne Up to one in four people will suffer violence in their workplace during the course of their career, with the direct cost running into millions of dollars a year in Australia.

ACTU pushes for flexibility for carers

Ged Kearney

Lenore Taylor ALL workers who care for children, elderly parents or incapacitated partners would have the right to ask their employer for flexible hours and to seek arbitration if they were refused under changes...

ACTU push for $30 a week minimum pay rise

Coins and arrow.

Ben Schneiders Unions will push for a substantial pay rise for lowest paid workers in what is likely to be last minimum wage claim under current Labor government.

ACTU urges $30-a-week rise for lowest paid


Clay Lucas More than a million low-paid Australians who depend on the nation's award system to set their wages should get a 79 cents-an-hour wage rise, the ACTU has told the national industrial relations...

ACTU ads put rights on poll radar


Clay Lucas The ACTU will launch a multimillion-dollar television ad campaign during Wednesday night's state-of-origin rugby league clash.

ACTU tries to flush out Abbott on IR plans

Ged Kearney

Clay Lucas ACTU president attacked the lack of industrial relations policies outlined by Tony Abbott.

ACTU defends own job axings


Ben Schneiders The ACTU joins the ranks of corporate Australia by moving to axe nearly 20 per cent of its staff.

ACTU defends 'normal' waterfront dispute


Waterfront strikes on Australia's eastern seaboard will extend to Fremantle tomorrow in what the ACTU says is a "normal" dispute over pay and conditions.

Gillard courts ACTU bosses

Kirsty Needham and Ben Schneiders JULIA GILLARD has sought to quell an increasingly restless union movement, becoming the first prime minister in a decade to attend a meeting of the ACTU executive.

ACTU secretary being pressed by unions to stand aside

Jeff Lawrence

Richard Willingham, Michelle Grattan THE Australian Council of Trade Unions, the country's top union body, is poised to get a new national secretary with Jeff Lawrence to stand down under pressure from senior union bosses.

ACTU blasts business campaign

ACTU president Ged Kearney has slammed the ''self-interest'' of business and corporate interests, vowing to fight any return by the Coalition to individual workplace agreements.

ACTU to seek minimum wage of $660

ACTU President, Ged Kearney?

Clay Lucas THE ACTU will begin a push next week to increase the minimum wage by 12 per cent and secure better protection for those who become union delegates in their workplace.

ACTU vows to clean up image

By Miles Godfrey, Stephen Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard and union leaders have promised ACTU conference delegates they will rescue Australia's shrinking, scandal-ridden trade union movement by enforcing zero tolerance for...

ACTU moves on union governance

Clay Lucas A new panel set up by the ACTU and led by a retired Federal Court judge will help unions avoid serious governance scandals such as those engulfing the Health Services Union.