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Unions change structures to foster community power base

The NUW and MEAA are among the first unions to change their rules to accept no or low-fee community and associate members since the ACTU's call to transform their membership models by adopting "radical thinking".

Shorten buckets CFMEU's Setka over comments to mass meeting

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has today criticised CFMEU construction and general division Victorian branch leader John Setka for reportedly comparing the Coalition's "attack" on the union and its members to that of Hitler's Germany, after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on the Labor leader to "publicly disown" the union secretary.

ACTU election advertisement highlights interns; and more

ACTU television commercial highlights penalty rates, internships; New executive director for HR Nicholls Society; Alleged ISIS-sympathiser's dismissal case in FWC tomorrow; FWBC warns of fines for construction workers attending CFMEU mass meeting "without permission"; Re-run for botched Federal Police union election; "Unfinished business" in quest for safe rates, TWU council hears; and Sharing economy" a misnomer, TWU forum hears.



Fairfax strikers might cop individual fines; and more

Fairfax journalists might face individual fines after Ombudsman probe; FSU seeks better communications strategy; FSU preparing logs of claim for NAB and major industry super fund; and CFMEU penalties just a cost of doing business, says building cop.

New plan for unions to staunch membership collapse

Unions are considering a push into new areas, offering online campaigning and basic services that would cost workers $1 to $2 a week, under a radical plan to rebuild membership density.

Dispute defying "front bar" logic, but MUA avoids bargaining order

The FWC has declined to issue bargaining orders against the MUA for its conduct in negotiations with offshore oil and gas vessel operators, despite finding it misrepresented the employers' position, played "fast and loose with the truth" and behaved in a manner that raised questions about whether it was genuinely trying to make replacement agreements.


Unions commit to $13m political campaign fund

The ACTU’s Congress has today endorsed a three-year, $13 million political campaign strategy will use unexploited seams of “gold” data held by unions, combined with boots on the ground in 35 marginal seats.