The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is the largest peak body representing workers in Australia. It is a national trade union centre of 46 affiliated unions and nine trades and labour councils.
New Campaign Campaigns
Weekend workers don't deserve a pay cut - protect our penalty ratesAs a hospitality worker, I work when most people are enjoying time off with family and friends. My weekend penalty rates make up for this. And they put food on my table and a roof over my head. Retail, fast food and hospitality workers are already some of the lowest paid people in Australia. We cannot afford this cut to our wages. Tell the Prime Minister, Australian workers deserve a pay rise, not a pay cut. He needs to act now to protect our pay.68,629 of 75,000 SignaturesCreated by Erin, weekend worker
Time Together. Time to Grow - Support Paid Parental LeaveWhen a baby is born, this usually means one parent earning an income, one parent caring full-time. But for families who need two incomes, this can be tough. And for the first few weeks while mother and baby recover from birth, both parents really need to be at home. While employers want more and more from employees, there hasn’t been enough done to make sure family still comes first. Babies do best when they are cared for by a parent, full-time for their first six months. And when parents are back at work, they need affordable early education and care. Making sure every new family can give a child this start in life is something employers and the government need to provide, together. A full-time wage for the first six months of a child’s life, and affordable early education and care when both parents are back at work is the best way to create a bright future for all of our kids. Raising the next generation as best as we can is everyone’s responsibility.6,156 of 7,000 SignaturesCreated by Australian Unions
Support Family Violence Leave for all workersRight now in Australia, employers are shirking their duty of care to employees experiencing family violence. Despite community pressure, many employers are still denying people experiencing family violence the time they need to attend doctors’ appointments and court dates. That’s why union members are asking the Fair Work Commission and Governments to give people subjected to family violence a minimum of ten paid days away from work. It is the responsibility of our whole community to end family violence, and to support people experiencing violence right now. Employers say that this is a 'private issue' rather than something we must tackle as a society. They even argue that we should have to trade off other work rights to get it! They are refusing to step up and help to end this crisis. Survivors have suffered for too long behind closed doors. We all have a part to play in ending violence: it’s time that employers played theirs. Tell employers everyone has the right to feel safe at work, and everyone should have the right to paid days away from work if they are subjected to family violence.4,178 of 5,000 SignaturesCreated by Australian Council of Trade Unions