Australian Council of Trade Unions

Winning rights for workers across generations.
You can thank union members for the workers’ rights so many of us take for granted. Universal superannuation, Medicare, penalty rates, annual, parental and sick leave – even the weekend. Union members have been standing up for workers for more than a century. And we’re doing the same for generations to come.

Working people are not commodities.
The Australian union movement has always treated labour as more than something to be bought and sold. Workers are people first. That’s why union members stand together for better workplace conditions and protected workers rights. Always.

A unionised workforce is good for business.
Union membership gives you the tools, support and confidence you need to work more collaboratively and thrive in the workplace. In fact, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found that countries with highly coordinated types of bargaining arrangements are associated with higher employment, lower unemployment, better integration of vulnerable groups and less wage inequality. It’s no wonder good employers understand the value that union members bring.