Factsheets: What can a union do for me?

Unions fight to protect jobs, workers’ incomes and safety. Unions are all about joining and acting together to win a better deal for workers. Throughout Australia’s history, union members have fought hard to improve working conditions and safety for all workers. Members have won important rights – like sick pay, annual leave, penalty rates and reasonable work hours. But the fight is far from over. So long as workers’ rights are being challenged, Australian unions will stand up for what’s fair. Unions continue to fight for all workers’ rights while delivering on the changing needs of members. In this section you will find information on what being a union member will mean for you:

Industrial Action

AboutA worker’s right to withdraw their labour is a fundamental freedom, yet Australia’s laws restrict this right. Employers can do as they please and workers can do little to stop them. Workers face heavy penalties for taking strike action. Even a 10 minute stop work meeting can result in tough punishments. The IssueThe right to…

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