Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) President Michele O'Neil (left) stands next to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus.
ACTU president Michele O'Neil on John Setka and the government’s anti-union legislation.
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ACTU President Michele O'Neil says that the decision over Setka's leadership lies with the union membership, and denounces the government's plans to bring back anti-union legislation.
John Setka arrives at the ACTU building in Melbourne on June 13.
Setka has been backed by the Victorian branch of his union who this week called for the national executive to issue a statement of support.
ACTU secretary Sally McManus speaks to the media during a press conference at the ACTU building in Melbourne on Thursday.
John Setka says he won't resign, and he has the backing of Victorian branch delegates, making it uncertain how things will play out.
CFMMEU Secretary John Setka and his wife Emma Walters speak to the media during a press conference in Melbourne on Wednesday.
The Setka affair is now dominating discussion at the highest level of the union movement.
Unions could have been more upfront about what they wanted the rules changed to.
Dealing with the Coalition will more difficult than arguing than the rules are wrong.
Former prime minister Bob Hawke has died, age 89.
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From doted-on child to Rhodes Scholar, ACTU president and ultimately prime minister, Robert James Lee Hawke had a significant impact on Australian life.
Demonstrators at one of many ‘Change the Rules’ rallies in October, this one outside parliament house in Adelaide.
As unions have shrunk, conditions for workers have got worse.
McManus says the present industrial relations system has “excessive, unnecessary and sometimes confusing rules” that hamper parties reaching agreement.
There are 750,000 fewer workers under enterprise agreements now than when the Coalition was elected, McManus says in her speech to the John Curtin Research Centre.
Two experts argue for and against government intervention when it comes to fixing low wage growth.
Labor’s candidate for the Batman byelection, Ged Kearney, is a past president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
There are undoubtedly advantages for unions in terms of access and policy influence by having former officials as MPs.
The ACTU has launched a campaign to create a living wage.
The ACTU has proposed Australia adopt a "living wage". This might improve the incomes of some people, but it wouldn't solve "working poverty".
Despite public perception, figures indicate that white collar workers are more likely to be a member of a union than people working in traditionally blue collar professions.
Union membership continues to fall, particularly within industries that traditionally claim a strong union heritage.
Modern working conditions are forcing unions to alter the way they are structured.
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There are some different strategies unions are now considering to help these organisations survive in a changing economy.
ACTU secretary Sally McManus has pushed for MPs to pass a bill to stop the phasing in of penalty rate cuts.
The Fair Work Commission said reductions in rates were more significant in retail and pharmacy than in hospitality and fast food.
ACTU Secretary Sally McManus addressing the National Press Club in Canberra.
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In a speech to the National Press Club in Canberra, ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said 679 of Australia's biggest corporations pay "not one cent of tax". Is that right?
A Canberra barista makes coffee. Many low-paid workers will be affected by the Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates.
The government has a major headache on its hands with the proposed cuts to penalty rates, which could haunt it all the way to the next election.
ACTU president Ged Kearney called on Malcolm Turnbull ‘to stand up for workers in this country, to actually change the laws to protect people’s pay’.
Hospitality, fast food, retail and pharmacy workers stand to lose thousands of dollars per year after the Fair Work Commission's landmark decision to cut penalty rates on Sundays and public holidays.
It’s not easy to walk away from an abusive relationship without the support of a flexible employer.
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It's uncommon internationally for workers to have a statutory right to paid domestic violence leave, but things may be shifting.
It is rare for unions and the ACTU to completely get their own way in policy.
The ACTU's main election campaign focus is to target 28 marginal Coalition seats, including 11 in NSW and six in Queensland: the key battleground states.
ACTU president Ged Kearney is one of the 38.5% of Australian union secretaries who is female.
Female workers are now more highly unionised than their male colleagues, but unions still have a long way to go to reflect that shift.