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Past Campaign Victories

A selection of our recent wins, big and small. 

Immediately as the 2017 postal survey on marriage equality was announced, the Trades Hall campaign machine was ready to go. Within hours, posters were ordered. Voter enrolment drives at universities across Australia were coordinated with the National Union of Students. Door knocks, phone banks and street stalls were a daily occurrence as Trades Hall became the hub of Victoria’s Marriage Equality campaign.
We did it! Wage theft is now a crime in Victoria. The Wage Theft Bill came into force on 1 July 2021. Young workers, union members and activists have campaigned hard for years to stop dodgy bosses stealing wages. Bosses found guilty of the crime of wage theft can now face hefty fines and jail time.
Together, we won Workplace Manslaughter laws in Victoria.
In 2014, then Premier Dennis Napthine introduced amendments to the Summary Offences Act to crack down on protests and remove the protection for Victorians' right to peaceful assembly. 
Under the State Liberal Government, Victorian public sector workers were facing crises.  Together, firefighters, teachers, nurses, paramedics, and hundreds of other workers campaigned collectively to raise public awareness of the government's failures. 
Politics isn't just about men in suits on the evening news. Politics is the rights we have at work. Our wages. It's about healthcare that's accessible to everyone, great schools for our kids, our precious natural environment, and the world we live in.  It's how we rebuild from the pandemic. Politicians follow votes, which means they follow people. Together, we as workers campaigned to mobilised community support for the things that really matter.  Workers in union fought tooth and nail for every scrap of pandemic assistance over the last 3 years; from JobKeeper and JobSeeker, to pandemic leave, to vaccine leave, to workplace protections.  The Liberal Party led by Scott Morrison did not stand up to the collective, grassroots action of union members across Victoria. He doesn't hold a hose and now he doesn't hold office as PM. Workers in union are campaigned to get rid of Scott Morrison's terrible Liberal Government and won. We Are Union.