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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.

ACTU's Oliver says the Saints might have the answer

ACTU secretary Dave Oliver says unions need to adopt "radical thinking" when it comes to union mergers and alternative membership models, citing his AFL club's "seven different types of membership" as one potential template.


NSW union leader Mark Lennon set to step down

Unions NSW secretary Mark Lennon is set to announce that he is stepping down, opening the way for generational change at a key peak union body.

Unions must adapt to digital economy: ACTU

ACTU secretary Dave Oliver has warned that unions have to adapt to the challenges thrown up by the digital economy to avoid a "Kodak moment".


ALP members won't need to join a union: Shorten

Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten has today confirmed that he has asked ALP national secretary George Wright to work with Labor's national executive to remove union membership as a prerequisite for party membership.

Tarrant, Crosby stepping down from United Voice leadership

One of the largest left-wing unions, United Voice, faces a major shake-up after national secretary Louise Tarrant and national president Michael Crosby flagged they won't stand for re-election later this year.

Vale union leader Wally Curran

A firebrand ex-leader of the meatworkers' union, Wally Curran, has died in Melbourne, rekindling memories of his famous falling out with former ACTU president and future Labor prime minister, Bob Hawke.