Media Releases: 2010

New $10,000 Paid Parental Leave scheme should be on top of other entitlements

Media Release - December 28, 2010

New $10,000 Paid Parental Leave scheme should be on top of other entitlements

Read More

Julian Assange receives Alliance Media Pass: unions offer support for WikiLeaks

Media Release - December 23, 2010

WikiLeaks’ editor-in-chief Julian Assange will today (Thursday) be given his Media Alliance union card, confirming that he is a member in good standing with the Australian journalists’ union, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.

Read More

Last chance for Baillieu to give Vic. workers the right to spend Xmas Day with their family

Media Release - December 21, 2010

Today is the last chance for the new Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu to do the right thing by the state’s workers and declare Christmas Day a public holiday.

Read More

Overturning of penalties against ex-James Hardie directors is an insult to victims and their families

Media Release - December 17, 2010

Today’s decision by the New South Wales Supreme Court to overturn bans against former directors of James Hardie is a slap in the face of the families of asbestos victims.

Read More

Workers set to win lower fees and more super in retirement from Govt reforms

Media Release - December 16, 2010

Reform of Australia’s superannuation system will provide working Australians with more financial security in retirement through lower fees and simpler super funds.

Read More

Banking reform package is a good start towards more competition and better consumer options

Media Release - December 12, 2010

Reforms of the banking sector announced today by the Federal Government will go some way to encouraging more competition and options for consumers.

Read More

WorkChoices is alive and well under Liberals in Western Australia

Media Release - December 8, 2010

WorkChoices is on the way back in Western Australia following the release of a long-awaited review of the state’s industrial relations system.

Read More

Fair Work Australia rejects employers attempt to steal Christmas

Media Release - December 2, 2010

A decision handed down today by Fair Work Australia will ensure that manufacturing workers in NSW, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory will be paid holiday penalty rates if called to work on Christmas day.

Read More

2010 ACTU Whitlam Lecture by Ross Gittins

Media Release - December 1, 2010

Ross Gittins has been asked by the ACTU to address the topic of economic inequality and answer the question “Is Australia the Land of the Fair Go?”

Read More

Statement of condolence to families of victims of the Pike River Mine disaster

Media Release - November 25, 2010

Australian unions extend their sympathy to the families of the victims of the Pike River Mine tragedy in New Zealand, particularly the relatives of the two Australian victims, William Joynson and Joshua Ufer.

Read More

The ACTU Network

Australian Unions

Whether you want to join a union, take action in campaigns, or make the most of the benefits of being a union member, Australian Unions is the place to go for information and resources.
Visit Australian Unions

Mind Your Head

We’re taking action to protect workplace mental health.
Visit Mind Your Head


Your rights at work for students and for people entering the workforce for the first time.
Visit Worksite


Information and resources for health and safety representatives and workers about how to speak up at work for health and safety.
Visit OHS

Union Aid Abroad

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is the overseas aid and development agency of the ACTU. Our work aims to build self-reliance through support to educational and training projects for workers and their organisations in the developing world.
Visit Union Aid Abroad

ACTU National Union Directory

Find who you are looking for from the who’s who of the union movement.
Visit the ACTU National Union Dictionary
Australian Council of Trade Unions

Representing Australian workers and their families.