Long-serving leader of Together Queensland, Alex Scott, says the success of his team in union elections gives it a mandate to campaign for a stronger worker voice on climate change, while its goal to raise $5 million over years will help it fight "hostile" government attacks on the public sector.
After 17 years as leader of Together Queensland and its predecessor the QPSU, Alex Scott is facing a challenge from his deputy Irene Monro, who along with a former deputy has been seeking answers as to why some employees' and officials' emails had allegedly been systematically monitored by the union before and after a 2015 merger.
The HSU's efforts to rebuild after a series of scandals appear to be gaining traction, with the union confirming almost all state branch leadership positions will be returned unopposed except for SA, where members are challenging its entire management committee.
ACTU secretary Sally McManus has today mounted a spirited defence of solidarity among union members, saying that calling a strikebreaker a "scab" is "an accurate description", while the peak body's new president said she experienced the power of unions when as 14-year-old waitress, members helped her fight back against sexual harassment by a supervisor.
The NTEU's newly-elected national secretary Matthew McGowan and president Alison Barnes are calling on members to make their team complete by electing current WA secretary Gabe Gooding to the national assistant secretary position.