More than 600 delegates representing Australia’s two million union members gathered in October 2006 to plan the next stage of the union campaign for workers’ rights and to decide on a policy for a new industrial relations system that could replace the Howard Government’s IR laws.

The ACTU Congress was held at the Crown Promenade Hotel, 8 Whiteman St Southbank – Melbourne.


Congress Papers

Congress papers (final IR policy and the a background to Congress) are attached, along with Greg Combet’s Congress speech.


Other Speeches and Documents

At the ACTU Congress, unions also welcomed ALP Leader Kim Beazley’s announcement that collective bargaining would be the centrepiece of Labor’s industrial relations policy. Under Labor, “If a majority of employees want a collective agreement, they will get one; employees and employers will be required to bargain in good faith; and there will be no employer greenfields agreements,” said Mr Beazley.