Speeches & Opinions: 2009

Sharan Burrow: Libs still hope the WorkChoices zombie can rise

Media Release - December 28, 2009

It is ironic that just at the same time as the rights of working Australians are set to again be improved, the Liberal Party is talking about taking us back to those dark days, writes ACTU President Sharan Burrow.

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Sharan Burrow: Diary from Copenhagen 18.12.09

Media Release - December 18, 2009

Progress is slow. Yesterday’s positioning by Africa on finance has become a possible deal as many nations including the US have now committed to both fast track or immediate funding from 2010 to 2013 and a $US100 billion by 2020.

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Sharan Burrow: Climate Change – Leaders Must “Go the Extra Distance”

Media Release - December 18, 2009

On 18 December 2009, ACTU and International Trade Union Confederation President Sharan Burrow addressed the plenary of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, attended by most world leaders. This is the text of her address.

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Sharan Burrow: Diary from Copenhagen 17.12.09

Media Release - December 17, 2009

Overnight there were some developments that set the scene for more serious engagement. China declared it would not seek access to global climate funds being negotiated for adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.

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Sharan Burrow: Diary from Copenhagen 16.12.09

Media Release - December 16, 2009

Anxiety, caution and pockets of distrust pose serious challenges for leaders to overcome. Yet it was always going to be the case that any agreement would depend on the political leaders to reach a deal.

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Giulia Baggio: Letter from Copenhagen

Media Release - December 16, 2009

Our mission is to make sure any global agreement includes reference to workers by locking in decent labour standards and good quality jobs as climate action kicks in: “A just transition” in conference parlance.

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Sharan Burrow: Address to the 60th Anniversary of the German Confederation of Trade Unions

Media Release - October 5, 2009

The German Federation of Trade Unions, the DGB, celebrating sixty years of strong collective action for the benefit of working people and of your nation are rightfully proud of their achievements.

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Sharan Burrow: Don’t deal with Burma

Media Release - October 1, 2009

Doing business in Burma is not only unethical but an unwise investment strategy and Australian companies who continue to make money from the corrupt regime should sever their ties, argues ACTU President Sharan Burrow.

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Jeff Lawrence: Less than best is not acceptable when it comes to workplace health and safety

Media Release - September 24, 2009

Australian workers deserve the best in health and safety, not a compromise with employer lobby groups, says ACTU Secretary Jeff Lawrence.

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Sharan Burrow: G20 must continue stimulus and corporate reforms

Media Release - September 21, 2009

Ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Pittsburgh, ACTU and ITUC President Sharan Burrow outlines the union movement’s plan for a stronger global economy.

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