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Your rights at work!
Your rights are worth fighting for.

Every worker deserves a safe and respectful working environment.

No matter your workplace issue, there is support available for you. The best thing you can do for your rights and safety at work is join your union

A union is a collective of workers, who work together towards shared goals.

We are the "organised" working class; together we take action to address problems of social and economic injustice. 

On a day-to-day basis, that means workers at a particular business might be organising to negotiate a fairer wage, better working hours and conditions, or to address a safety issue at work. Workers in union demand respect for our work and we exercise power as workers within each of our industries. 

Together we also campaign for broader social issues like:

  • quality education, accessible to everyone
  • healthcare for everyone, regardless of your bank balance
  • green spaces like parks and gardens, and the preservation of heritage and environment 
  • a social safety net to eliminate poverty
  • a say for everyone at all levels of government - removing the barriers to working-class participation in decision-making
  • the elimination of sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and all other hatreds and structural injustice

Learn about the history of union campaigns

Being union is about participating in the creation of a better world.

As individuals, union members also benefit from the legal and industrial support of our collective. Experienced union officials and legal teams support members to address workplace issues such as bullying, wage theft, unfair dismissal, safety concerns, discrimination, redundancy, and many others. 

Having the support of your union, and being a support for your coworkers, means you'll enjoy a safer, more rewarding work life no matter what your chosen career.  Join your union here. 

In every industry, the "Award" sets out the minimum legal workplace conditions and pay. 

Use this pay calculator tool to find out if you are being paid at least the minimum you are entitled to. 

But these minimum standards are just a starting point for negotiations between workers and businesses - they're not the conditions you should settle for! By joining in union with your coworkers, you can choose to engage in "Enterprise Bargaining". If your coworkers have already organised in union, you may already be employed under an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. These agreements, negotiated by workers in union, will set out minimum pay and conditions for your specific workplace, and typically improve significantly on the conditions in the Industry Award.

In other words, it pays to be union. 

The National Employment Standards (NES) are 11 minimum employment entitlements that have to be provided to all employees in Australia.

The 11 minimum entitlements of the NES are:

Employers have to give every new employee a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement (the FWIS) when they start their new job. Employers also have to give every new casual employee a copy of the Casual Employment Information Statement (the CEIS) at the same time.

Organised workplaces are safer workplaces. 

Workers should have a powerful voice regarding our occupational health and safety and any changes that affect our work. To that end, every worker should work in union to elect a Health and Safety Representative (HSR). 

Elected and trained HSRs have significant powers under the Victorian OHS Act. Find out more at OHS Rep, our dedicated website for Occupational Health and Safety advice, support, and training.

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A one-stop-shop for young workers who want to learn more about their rights at work or who need assistance in resolving workplace issues with a team of lawyers, organisers, educators and researchers.
Union Assist, working with your union, provides expert advisers to help you with your WorkCover disputes at the Conciliation stage. Our advisers also provide advice on WorkCover issues that may arise.
We Are Union Pride Network.   LGBTIQ+ workers face specific issues at work, and we campaign together for workplaces that are safe, respect the identity of every worker, and support us to bring our whole selves to work.  What is Pride Network? Pride Network is a collective of unionists who identify as LGBTIQ+, campaigning together on the issues that affect our community. When you sign up to pride network, you will receive communications (email or text) about actions that unionists are taking in support of LGBTIQ+ rights. These might be things like: Marching at Pride Signing petitions on union LGBTIQ+ issues Attending actions to defend LGBTIQ+ youth Our history Workers in union have been campaigning for LGBTIQ+ rights for decades.  From Gay Liberation joining the May Day Committee in 1974 to the Gay Teachers and Students Group’s formation in 1975; from the "AIDS quilt" project at Trades Hall to the Plumbers Union's radical promise to fight discrimination as an industrial issue, LGBTIQ+ workers have a proud history of organising in union to make change. Unions' support for the 2017 Marriage Equality campaign was built on decades of work by LGBTIQ+ unionists. The Victorian Gay Trade Unionist Group (VGTUG or GayTug) was active from at least 1978, marching under a Gay Unionists banner at May Day, caucusing within unions and advancing progressive policies in bargaining and union AGMs, and leafletting Victorian Trades Hall Council delegates. See this report by NSW and Victorian trade unionists to the National Homosexual Conference in 1979.    
The Migrant Workers Centre empowers migrant workers in Victoria to understand our rights, enforce them in our workplaces, and connect with other migrant workers.
Information and advice for health and safety reps to address and resolve workplace ohs issues. Including technical advice, information & resources thatcan assist in identifying and tackling safety hazards and negotiate resolutions with your employer.
Too many young people have their wages stolen or are made to do unsafe work in Victoria. Chat to Workmate to find information about your rights at work.
Almost 2-million workers come together to get things done - you can join them. Together we can take action to drive real change. That means better wages than non-union members, the workplace conditions you deserve and support standing by if anything goes wrong.
As an apprentice, it can be hard to know your workplace rights, what's normal at work and where to find information you can trust. Apprentice Voice campaigns for a fairer Victoria for all apprentices and runs workplace rights trainings in TAFEs for all first year apprentices. When we know our workplace rights, we can address our workplace issues.