Workers' lives are at risk after Federal Court ruling

Victorian Trades Hall Council is appalled by today’s ruling from the full bench of the Federal Court, which limits the ability of health and safety representatives to take action that makes workplaces safer and ultimately saves lives, in favour of allowing the ABCC and Turnbull Government to pursue their ideological crusade against union members.

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Media Statement: Bella Union

The Trades Hall and Literary Institute (THLI), managing body for Victorian Trades Hall, can confirm it is undergoing significant repairs and restoration to the oldest continuously working Trades Hall building in the world.

These repairs have been delayed until the expiry of the current lease of the Bella Union Bar.

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VTHC Victorian Budget Response

Cranes in the Sky, Shovels in the Ground and Food on Tables

Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) welcomes the Andrews Government’s strong focus on jobs in its third budget.

The Andrews Government has created over 200,000 jobs since winning government and VTHC Secretary Luke Hilakari congratulates the Premier on work done to date. 

Major infrastructure projects are expected to create 50,000 jobs and VTHC welcomes the focus on public transport, particularly for regional Victoria.

The pipeline of infrastructure works also shows the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to long-term projects and a plan for Victoria’s future.

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Statement on the resignation of Dave Oliver

1 February 2017 

Victorian Trades Hall Council thanks Dave Oliver for his 30 years of service to Australian working people, and wishes him well in his next steps.

Secretary of Victorian Trades Hall Council, Luke Hilakari, praised Mr Oliver’s life of dedication and commitment to working families across Australia, and particularly in Victoria.

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Unions to Turnbull: You can’t restrict our democracy

 Victorian unions have reacted with anger and disbelief over reports that the Turnbull Government is considering laws to ban working people from expressing political opinions at polling booths.


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Media Release: Hazelwood closure is a call to action to support La Trobe Valley community

Victorian Trades Hall Council has declared today’s announcement that French owner ENGIE will close Hazelwood power station a “call to action”.

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100 years of politicians using plebiscites to play with our human rights

Victorian Trades Hall Council has used the centenary of workers’ victory over conscription to take a swipe at the Federal Government’s plan for a plebiscite on Marriage Equality. 

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Media Release: Cancel the WorkSafe Agent awards, and stop rewarding insurers for letting injured workers suffer.

12 September 2016


Trades Hall has called for WorkSafe to cancel the 2016 WorkSafe Agent Awards out of respect for injured workers, following the release of the Victorian Ombudsman’s report into the management of injured workers compensation claims.

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Rail procurement decision will change lives, give hope to young Victorians

12 September 2016

Victorian Trades Hall Council has welcomed the Andrews Government’s order of 65 new trains to be built in Victoria, using local materials and skills.

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CBD to come to a halt for CUB community protest

Media Release


The CBD will today (8 Sept) come to a standstill as thousands of people march in support of the 55 maintenance workers at Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) who were sacked and then offered to reapply for their jobs, but under an illegitimate agreement[i] with massive cuts to their wages and conditions.


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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

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