Union History Blog

How unions won the right to annual leave

May 30, 2020

Annual leave can seem like a right that has always been around – but this…

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How unions helped create Medicare

May 29, 2020

The union movement has always campaigned for laws and policies that will protect the health…

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Remembering Bob Hawke

May 18, 2020

On the 16th of May 2020, we remember former Prime Minister and ACTU President, Bob…

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Muriel Heagney: champion of equal pay

May 14, 2020

Today we commemorate the life of Muriel Heagney, a union hero and long-term campaigner for…

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The 8 Hour Day

April 21, 2020

On 21 April in 1856, building workers in Melbourne took strike action and won the…

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