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Delegates are Diamonds: Learning from Union Delegates’ Experiences in Australia

Exploration of the current landscape for unions in Australia and innovative pathways forward for unions to empower Australian workers.




Futures Network: A New Look at Union Power

Distinguished Professor Anthony Forsyth (RMIT College of Business and Law, author of The Future of Unions and Worker Representation - The Digital Picket Line) and Alison Rudman (Secretary, CFMEU Manufacturing NSW and PhD candidate, University of Sydney) talk about their work on case studies of union strategy, with a particular focus on how unions build and exercise power.


Futures Network: AI and algoritmic management

AI is taking the world by storm, and revolutionising the world of work in the process. Unions, like every sector of society, will need to find effective ways to respond. Across three workshops in September, October, and November, the Futures Network explored some of the most pressing questions relevant for unions in this emerging space. In this, the first of the series, a panel outlined key recent developments, how they impact workers and what needs to be considered in unions’ response.



Futures Network: Can unions use AI and ChatGPT to grow or lift capacity?

This workshop, the third in a Futures Network series on AI, explored areas where unions could use ChatGPT and other AI, machine learning and large language models for growth, communications, campaigning and operations.


Futures Network: What is AI? Outline and example of its impact in the creative and information industries

Rapid advances in AI and machine learning and its application in the workplace has led to some highly visible disputes in film and creative industries over recent months – but these developments in technology are a continuation of change in workplaces in all industries. In this, the second of a series of three Futures Network meetings in 2023 devoted to a discussion of AI and its potential and pitfalls for workers, Conor Aitken, data specialist, cybersecurity consultant and member of Professionals Australia gives a glimpse "under the hood" of what AI actually is, while Niki Baras, a translator and interpreter and also organiser for Translators and Interpreters Australia (part of Professionals Australia) describes its impact on her industry and the union response.


Generation Z: Understanding the Next Generation of Workers

The Queensland Teachers Union has completed its report examining the next generation of workers. This session goes through what makes our under 30s tick—and in particular what unions can do now to ensure they are meeting the needs of the next generation of workers.



Growth Battles to be Won

What are the battles that need to be won for unions to grow? How can unions position themselves to prospective members for relevance and effectiveness? How do future members perceive the value of union membership? And how can we improve the pathways to join? In this session, we’ll take you through the research underpinning the ACTU’s Brand Project, and discuss how unions can win the battle for growth.



Masterclass for Activists: Ideas to Educate, Inspire and Change the World

This Masterclass podcast series aims to build the capabilities of civil society by inspiring, educating and equipping activists to become workplace and community leaders.



Organising Migrant Workers: Lessons Learnt Before and After Covid-19

In this webinar, the panel will discuss the drivers that make migrant workers vulnerable to workplace exploitation. Gabriela D’Souza discussed research and trends on temporary migration and how Covid-19 has affected migrants. Thomas Costa used the case of Visa Assist (that Unions NSW run together with the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre) to examine how unions can successfully engage with, organise and assist migrant workers.


Unfinancial Members Calls

Retention is the other – equally important - side of the growth coin. Participants in this webinar heard from presenters who shared some of our movements most well-developed contact centre retention strategies.



Use it or Lose It: Education and Development of Delegates in Australian Unions

Based on interviews in 2022 and 2023 with educators, organisers, and union secretaries and assistant secretaries, this report examines the state of union delegate education and development across a selection of Australian unions.




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