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Australia’s trade union movement, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has traditional and continuing strong links with the TUC, and sectoral links between individual unions in each country are also strong. The ACTU is influential in the world trade union movement with its President, Sharan Burrow, also holding the Presidency of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions. A world leader in use of the web (see their website at http://www.actu.asn.auand especially the Workers’ Online journal at ), the Australian trade union movement is also at the forefront of the global organising agenda. At the moment, the ACTU is campaigning against the toughest Australian government assault on workers’ and unions’ rights yet. The ACTU runs a development arm, APHEDA, with which TUC Aid works in South East Asia

your rights at work logoThe ACTU are campaigning against government reforms to industrial relations law which would undermine the "fair go" traditions of Australia. The TUC is supporting their campaign, and is urging British trade unionists to register their protest too. Read more about the campaign here and below.

International Trade Union Confederation President Sharan Burrow addressed the top bankers at the Put People First Rally: 'Here's a news flash from working people around the world: the party is over! The global financial crisis has demonstrated once and for all that unfettered markets don't work. They don't work for...
28 March 2009
Lisa Heap, Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Employment Rights, visited the TUC on 6 March 2009 to speak at a breakfast seminar co-hosted by the TUC and Unions21. She gave a presentation on proposals for labour law reform and updated the attendees on developments in equal pay. Her...
18 March 2009
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has written to the leaders of the Australian trade union movement expressing sympathy and solidarity over this week's bush fires.
10 February 2009
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has sent a message of solidarity to the Australian Council of Trade Unions over the charges (eventually dropped) against building workers' union representative Noel Washington, who faced jail for not revealing what was said at a union meeting.
27 November 2008
The TUC has today (Monday) issued a call to Australians living in the UK to vote to restore workers' rights in the Australian elections which will be held this weekend.
19 November 2007
The TUC is backing an Australian Council of Trade Unions initiative to get Australians in Britain to register early to vote in the upcoming federal elections. Here's how.
27 July 2007
Australian Council of Trade Unions' President Sharan Burrow explains what is wrong with Howard's laws, at the Melbourne Rally on 30 November 2006.
03 December 2006
On 29 November 2006, the first anniversary of the new industrial relations laws in Australia, three hundred thousand workers demonstrated all over the country against those laws. The main rally was in the MCG stadium in Melbourne, and some of the speeches have been posted on YouTube, so you can...
02 December 2006
Tuesday 15 November was an international solidarity day with Australian trade unions who are fighting to maintain workers' rights. Several of Britains trade unions showed thier support by delivering letters to the Australian High Commission.
16 November 2005
At 11am today (Tuesday) TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will hand-deliver a letter to the Australian High Commission in support of the Australian TUC's (ACTU) day of action against legislation that will dramatically reduce the rights of Australian workers.
15 November 2005