Australian Council of Trade Unions

Recently-released former secret United States embassy cables reinforce the long-held view that once prominent union leader and former Prime Minister Bob Hawke was also an informant for the United States government and the Central Intelligence Agency. Jim McIlroy reports.

Aviation workers at Qantas are missing out on a wage subsidy despite the company receiving billions in federal funds, reports Jim McIlroy.

The federal goverrment's Disaster Payment, now revised, is still not enough for many. Isaac Nellist reports on this and the campaign to raise JobSeeker.

About 100 people protested outside Harvey Norman in Hobart to support the ACTU’s submission for a pay rise, reports Sam Wainwright.

The federal government's anti-worker omnibus bill, which failed to gain crossbench support on March 18, sought to hand businesses more power in the workplace. Michelle Sheehy talks to Green Left about the campaign against it.

Sarah Hathway reports on the new federal omnibus industrial relations amendment bill. Unsurprisingly, it includes measures that advantage businesses over workers.

The union-bosses-government working groups to discuss industrial relations reform have not delivered and the PM has signalled new IR laws before Christmas. Sarah Hathway argues union leaderships need to get prepared.

Unions have launched a plan to tackle the “broken” aged care system and protect workers at the front line, reports Jim McIlroy.

While a concerted campaign by unions and welfare groups has forced the federal government to extend the JobKeeper program and JobSeeker supplement, the cuts it has announced means the battle for jobs and welfare must continue, reports Jacob Andrewartha.

The return to work must be accompanied by measures to make workplaces safe and ensure JobKeeper cannot be rorted, writes Fred Fuentes.

After explicitly ruling them out, the federal government has now announced it will legislate for wage subsidy packages. Lisbeth Latham takes a critical look at what's on offer.

As COVID-19 spreads globally, and the threat of widespread community transmission becomes more real, it has become clear the new coronavirus poses not only a major health risk but a significant threat to the livelihoods of millions of workers, writes Lisbeth Latham.

While estimates of the size of the Climate Strike in Australia vary, one thing is certain: many generations want real action to deal with climate change — and they want it now.

Ahead of this Friday’s global climate strikes, the Australian Council of Trade Unions has released a statement of support for students striking from school for climate action. The ACTU joins more than 30 Australian unions that have endorsed the School Strike for Climate movement.

It is well-established that the right to strike is protected under the International Labour Organization’s and . However, this is another internationally recognised right that Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Coalition government has been incrementally eroding.

The economic slow down means the Coalition will either abandon its promise of increasing budget surpluses and increase government spending — on infrastructure for instance — to stimulate the economy or it will double down on its commitment to a surplus, necessitating spending cuts. Its track record suggests the latter, writes Graham Mathews.

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