Working for Unions

Unions play a distinct role advocating for workers’ interests. Everything a union does is for the benefit of its members and working people, but to win real change, unions must maintain a high standard for corporate governance and accountability. This course will improve your understanding of what unions are, who they represent, and the steps they need to take to operate effectively in accordance with the Fair Work Act.

About this course:

Unions play a distinct role advocating for workers’ interests. Everything a union does is for the benefit of its members and working people, but to win real change, unions must maintain a high standard for corporate governance and accountability.

This course will improve your understanding of what unions are, who they represent, and the steps they need to take to operate effectively in accordance with the Fair Work Act.

Learn about the core responsibilities unions hold, in line with statutory requirements, so they can continue winning positive change for members.

Course Audience:

Administrators & New Union Staff

Course Delivery:

2 days via zoom

Course Cost:

$240.00 via zoom (GST inclusive)

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Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the history of the union movement In Australia;
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role and structure of Australian unions;
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the industrial implements that regulate the conditions of employment in Australian workplaces;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how pay and conditions are determined in Australia;
  • Identify the shared and conflicting interests in the employee – employer relationship;
  • Identify the source of employers and worker’s power;
  • Identify the purpose of unions;
  • Define what we mean by values;
  • Discuss union values;
  • Describe the key sources of workers’ rights;
  • Discuss what types of rights generally apply;
  • Brainstorm industry specific issues facing workers;
  • List how workers use the Fair Work Act 2009 in order to achieve outcomes;
  • Articulate current priorities for unions;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of collective action in the context of improving workers lives; and
  • Describe how unions have campaigned together for improvements to working and post-work lives of Australians.

This course is delivered with the support of The Union Education Foundation (TUEF) and The Australian Government Productivity Education and Training (PET) Fund.