Why join? - ACTU Australian Unions

Why join?


“I’m not really from a union family. But if you work from a rights based framework, it doesn’t make sense to me not to think about your own situation and want to make sure it’s fair. That’s why I’m in the union.”

Penny Carr, social worker and member of The Services Union

To protect your rights at work the best thing you can do is join a union. Union members get specialist advice and support from our network of expert staff and workplace delegates.

Protection and Security               

Unions provide professional assistance with:

  • Your wages and entitlements
  • Unfair treatment and harassment at work
  • Work related injuries or illness
  • Collective bargaining for better pay and conditions
  • Superannuation


Union fees are around $10 per week, but can be higher or lower, depending on how much you earn or how many hours you work per week.  These fees are also fully tax deductible.

Your Rights        

All Australian workers have the right to join a union. Whether you work as a casual or permanent staff member, part time or full time, in a large or small business, in an office or outdoors — there is a union to represent you.



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As a union member, you can take advantage of the collective buying power of almost 2 million members to get big discounts from a great range of products and services. From banking and home loans to car buying and movie tickets.  FIND OUT MORE.

Tax deductible

Union fees are fully tax deductible.


The Union Advantage

Better Wages and Conditions

Union members are in a stronger position to secure higher pay and conditions through collective bargaining. The more workers that are in a union, the better chance they have of getting a good deal.

Employees that are under a union collective agreement earn on average $100 a week more than other employees.

Union members also get better sick leave and holiday leave entitlements and are more likely to receive long service leave and paid maternity leave.

Union members are better trained, have better working conditions, work fewer hours and have more job security.

Workplace Health and Safety

The number one priority of unions is to ensure the safety of their members at work. Evidence shows that union representation makes a difference. Having union members in the workplace increases Health and Safety awareness by up to 70%.

If you would like to know more why, not give us a call on 1300 4 UNION (1300 486 466) or you can use our inquiry form here.