1890 Maritime Strike

August 12, 2021

The largest strike in pre-Federation Australia began on the 15th of August, 1890 – the…

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The ACTU backs Noonkanbah protests

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that the following post may contain…

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From the archives – the ACTU’s 60th birthday

July 26, 2021

At its 1987 Congress, the ACTU celebrated its 60th birthday.Alongside union leaders such as ACTU…

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1971 day of protest for retired workers

July 20, 2021

On the 21st of July we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ACTU’s 1971 Social…

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The 1976 strike to defend universal healthcare

July 9, 2021

Did you know that in 1976 the union movement led one of the largest strikes…

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Australia’s unions v. Frank Sinatra

Did you ever hear about the time that Frank Sinatra, one of the most famous…

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The history of the minimum wage

June 30, 2021

Where was the first place in the world to introduce a minimum wage?In the late…

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The 1978 Mardi Gras

June 18, 2021

The 1970s were a really tough time for LGBTIQA+ people in Australia.To be honest with…

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How unions helped build Superannuation

Why are unions so insistent on defending superannuation – and why are some right-wing politicians…

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The 1957 Palm Island strike

June 9, 2021

In June, 1957, seven Indigenous men and their families on Palm Island were arrested at…

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