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Vale Peter "Simmo" Simpson

Unions are mourning the death at 57 of former Queensland/NT ETU secretary Peter "Simmo" Simpson.

Rule change streamlines ASU leadership team

The FWC has granted the ASU a rule change allowing it to abolish one of two assistant national secretary positions and exercise more flexibility in light of COVID-19 when scheduling meetings and its national conference.

Short hiatus for CFMMEU "poaching" case

The Federal Court trial of allegations that the CFMMEU's construction and general division Victorian branch has been "poaching" members from elsewhere within the union has been delayed by consent.

Vale Bryan Noakes

One of Australia’s leading employer advocates both nationally and internationally, Bryan Noakes, died on Tuesday at the age of 89 after years of ill-health.

"If you do not respect us, you will fear us": Union leader

New RTBU national secretary Mark Diamond will tonight use his national council dinner speech to signal a more militant approach to industrial action under his leadership, promising employers that "if you do not respect us, you will fear us".

Latest union marriage vows "radical" structure

The United Workers Union that is set to emerge from the amalgamation of United Voice and the NUW will have a "radical" structure that does away with state branches and instead adopts internal union "electorates" and sectoral organising.


Deputy seeking to topple Together Queensland leader

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.

George Polites remembered

A gathering in Melbourne yesterday to celebrate the life of employer advocate George Polites heard tributes from IR Minister Kelly O'Dwyer and Hancock committee chair Keith Hancock.

Vale, Laurie Carmichael

Former ACTU secretary Bill Kelty has led tributes to union leader Laurie Carmichael as a key contributor to the 38-hour working week, the Accord with the Hawke and Keating Labor governments, universal superannuation and Medicare.