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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Queen Victoria Market traders have met with representatives from Victorian building unions to discuss plans that threaten the Queen Victoria Market site.

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Media Release: Working women will benefit from recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence


Victorian Trades Hall Council has welcomed the report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Secretary of Victorian Trades Hall Council Luke Hilakari said the report’s recommendations “would dramatically improve the financial and emotional security of thousands of Victorian women experiencing family violence”.


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Employees on insecure contracts have no confidence for the future

Hundreds of thousands of Victorians are living in insecurity, as businesses and employers increasingly casualise and outsource their workforce.


Speaking at the opening of Victoria’s first Inquiry into Labour Hire and Insecure Work, Victorian union leaders warn that ordinary working Victorians are facing serious financial stress and being excluded from minimum working conditions by employers’ misuse of labour hire, casual contracts, and other forms of insecure employment contracts.

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Media Release: Australian Workers rights abandoned, Aussie crew thrown off ship. A new low for corporate brutality.

Victorian Trades Hall Council condemns Alcoa, and the complicit Federal Government, for an act of industrial warfare.

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Andrews Government’s Automotive Transition Plan

7 December 2015

Victorian unions welcome the Andrews Government’s announcement today of a transition plan to address the closure of automotive manufacturing in Victoria, but underscored the need for more economic and social support in Victorian manufacturing communities. 

Victorian Trades Hall Council Secretary, Luke Hilakari, said the State Government’s plan would provide support to people who have been abandoned by the Federal Government’s deliberate destruction of the auto-industry in Victoria. 

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Sunday Penalty Rates

The Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) welcomes the Andrews’ Government meeting its election commitment to once again recognise Easter Sunday as a public holiday.

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The Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) welcomes the Andrews’ Government’s timely commitment to constructing the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel.

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