Big budget backs workers

A budget that is focused on jobs and addressing social inequity is what Victoria needs to build back better.

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Insecure work is Toxic and Trades Hall welcomes the Andrews Government’s pilot scheme to start tackling this cancer

Victorian Trades Hall Council has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of a Secure Work Pilot Scheme providing up to 5 days pay due to illness or the need to take leave from work to care for a loved one.  

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“This is what Labor Government’s are for”. Trades Hall praises “historic” public and social housing investment.

The peak body for Victorian workers has praised today’s announcement of $5.3 billion for a massive public housing construction blitz as a historic leap forward for social and economic justice in Victoria.  

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Victorian Trades Hall Council welcomes the passage of laws that will make wage theft a crime in Victoria. This is a critical moment for working people, and unions who have worked tirelessly to ensure wage theft becomes a crime and that bosses are held accountable.


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Bereaved families to remind Legislative Council: Workplace manslaughter laws will save lives.

136 workers have been killed at workplaces across Victoria in just the last five years. Tomorrow, bereaved families and unions will place a pair of boots for each life taken at the foot of Parliament: a vivid reminder to members of the Legislative Council of what’s at stake in the upcoming vote on workplace manslaughter laws.


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Justice for the bereaved. Protection for workers.

24 people were killed in Victorian workplaces in the last financial year. For decades now, bereaved families have been denied justice and employers continue to operate dodgy businesses after their negligence kills people. Victorian Trades Hall Council welcomes the Workplace Manslaughter Bill that the Andrews Labor Government has introduced into Parliament.

It will provide justice for bereaved families. No longer will their tragedy be relegated to a mere factor in a court room debate about whether a “risk to health and safety” existed. No longer will they be prevented from submitting a victim impact statement.


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Unions Ramp Up Campaign for Safe Silica Standards

Today Safe Work Australia had the opportunity to save lives but failed to regulate in the interest of workers' health.

Safe Work Australia's decision to take 3 years to introduce a 0.05mg/m3 standard does nothing to stem the tsunami of silicosis currently sweeping Australian workplaces. This is a decision that flies in the face of recommendations from the Cancer Council, OHS experts in Australian Unions and international scientific research that called for an exposure standard of 0.02mg/m3.

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Morrison and O’Dwyer have been complicit in wage theft and exploitation. They can’t be trusted.

Victorian Trades Hall Council has welcomed the Morrison Government’s arrival at a party the rest of us have been at for years, while noting that it’s well past time for them to leave.  


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November 23,  2018
Union volunteers campaign to keep the Liberals out
Victorian Trades Hall Council has been piloting new and innovative campaigns in the lead-up to the Victorian state election. Union volunteers came out in force for the world’s largest phone bank, the world’s largest barnstorm and one of Australia’s biggest rallies in history. Volunteers have also knocked on 10,825 doors to have persuasion conversations with people about the issues they care about.   
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‘Don’t threaten workers’, unions warn employers ahead of mega rally

Ahead of what is expected to be one of the largest political rallies in Melbourne’s history, Victorian Trades Hall Council Secretary Luke Hilakari has warned employers not to interfere with the democratic right of all Australians to protest.

Working people from around the state will join forces to take to the streets and protest rising inequality, falling wages, insecure work and some of the most restrictive industrial laws in the world.

Expert legal advice provided by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers also confirms that employees have the right to participate in lawful activities organised by their union, and are entitled to request annual leave to attend the rally. Refusing a leave request may amount to adverse action under the Fair Work Act, potentially leaving corporate employers liable for a fine of up to $63,000 per contravention.

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We Volunteers

We Are Union. We are a movement of people standing together for a just and equitable Victoria where:

  • all people are respected and valued, 
  • all working people are organised, safe, and winning at work

We organise our communities to build support for union, industrial, and social campaigns, and we're excited to have you on board.