Union History Blog

Zelda D’Aprano’s Equal Pay protest

October 13, 2021

On 21 October 1969, legendary union activist Zelda D’Aprano chained herself to the doors of…

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West Gate Bridge collapse

Today we commemorate one of the worst industrial disasters in Australia’s history: the collapse of…

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1963: The ACTU backs the campaign for wage equality for First Nations workers

September 28, 2021

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

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Henry Lawson: the workers’ poet

Today we are commemorating Henry Lawson, who in the late nineteenth century was a superstar…

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The ACTU’s 1941 Equal Pay Conference

On 2 September 1941, unionists gathered at Melbourne’s Trades Hall for a special conference.In August…

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Jennie George becomes the first woman elected ACTU President

In September 1995, Jennie George became the first woman to be elected as President of…

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How unions won the weekend

September 7, 2021

Did you know that workers in their unions had to take action to win the…

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A short history of unions taking action for equal pay!

August 31, 2021

31 August is Equal Pay Day – a day that draws attention to the ongoing…

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Union solidarity with East Timor

August 27, 2021

In 1999, East Timor was in flames.On August 30, the Timorese people voted overwhelmingly for…

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The Gurindji strike, 1966

August 20, 2021

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

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