Statement on the election of ACTU officials at Congress 2024

Media Release - June 5, 2024

The leadership team of ACTU President Michele O’Neil, Secretary Sally McManus, Assistant Secretary Liam O’Brien and Assistant Secretary Joseph Mitchell were re-elected by the ACTU Congress today. Held every three years, the ACTU Congress is the supreme decision-making body of the Australian union movement, with over 1000 delegates in attendance representing more than 38 affiliated unions and nearly 1.8 million workers.

Held on Kaurna Country at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the Congress marks the first in-person gathering since 2018.

The ACTU leadership team were elected unopposed and issued the following statement:

“We are honoured by the trust placed in us by the delegates at Congress 2024. Working people are facing cost-of-living pressures and unprecedented technological change – it’s important now more than ever to campaign for higher wages, better conditions and safer workplaces.

“Australian unions should be proud of the victories we’ve won for working families over the last couple of years. From achieving historic increases in award and minimum wages, to closing loopholes that big businesses exploit to drive down wages and conditions, to banning engineered stone and saving thousands of lives. These wins demonstrate the power of collective action, and we will build on these victories to achieve even more in the coming years.

“We’re always on the side of workers and will continue to build a better future for all of us, with wages we can live on and a future we’re proud to pass on to the next generation.”

The ACTU Network

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