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ASU Campaigns

Federal Election 2013

  Click here to read our final policy analysis & wrap up for the election: Take care of your workplace rights - think about your vote on 7 September   It's that time again, with a federal election to occur on 7 September 2013. Industrial relations policies have a very significant impact on the lives of workers and their families. Their shape is determined by the political party that forms government. That's why the ASU takes a serious interest in election campaigns and why ...

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Quality Public Services

Australian society, like many other societies throughout the world, has seen its governments pursue agendas of reduced spending on public services and infrastructure. Governments have also encouraged the pursuit of private sector participation in public services which has not always been in the interests of the Australians who use these services. The ASU is linked to these public services through our membership and our Branches who are involved in the day to day activities of these services. Examples include ASU members ...

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Environment

We don't have a choice: Australia must act on climate change. The changes happening now to the climate are real and so are the impacts on all Australians - so we must act. And unions have a role to play. As we make the inevitable transformation to a low pollution economy, unions are determined to ensure that any action on climate change will: Protect existing jobs Attract investment in clean energy and production Support emission-intensive and trade-exposed industries Provide assistance to households The price on pollution ...

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Superannuation

About 20 years ago, less than half of all workers had superannuation. As a result of union activity, employees have made substantial gains and today that figure is closer to 97%. Superannuation is rightly considered a major issue given that for many people it has become their second biggest asset after the family home. Super is a crucial ingredient in our plans for retirement and will determine for many people whether they have a decent standard of living when they cease ...

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Enrol to vote

Democracy is up for grabs - enrol to vote! The federal, state and local government elections are critical in shaping the society we live in. It is when we all make our voices heard at the ballot box that we can have a real say in the way our country is governed. We encourage all members to ensure they are enrolled to vote. It's easy to enrol - read on for details. Enrolling to vote or checking your enrolment is easy online You ...

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Young ASU members

Even the young, with the bulk of their working lives ahead of them, experience discrimination in the workforce. The ASU is concerned with making sure their rights are protected. ...

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Community partnerships

In addition to our core industrial work, the ASU has productive and valuable relationships with a selection of community organisations and supports a range of community causes. Below you will find information about the partnerships actively supported by the ASU National Office. ASU Branches are active in their communities too, so please contact them direct for further information about the state-based relationships. Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA UAA-APHEDA was created in 1984 as the overseas aid agency of the Australian Council of ...

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AIM - ASU Indigenous Members

ASU Indigenous Members (AIM) share unique interests. There are many Indigenous members working in industries covered by the ASU around Australia. The ASU is active on Indigenous issues within the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and the various state and regional trades and labour councils. Read more about the ACTU's Indigenous Committee. In February 2011, the ACTU hosted an Indigenous Conference for trade unionists across the country. You can read the opening address by Secretary Jeff Lawrence here.  Open All  Close All ASU ...

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International

The ASU recognises that many local industrial issues have antecedents in other nations. We also know that globalisation means that the labour standards of workers in other countries can, and do, impact the labour standards of Australian workers. As a result, the ASU is involved through various means with international labour organisations. We keep abreast of international issues to ensure that ASU members are protected. In some areas of international activity, the ASU is involved to support the rights of people overseas. ...

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GLAM - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer ASU members

Are you LGBTIQ and an ASU member? If you're not an ASU member but identify as LGBTIQ then you should read on. If you are a supporter of ASU members who identify as LGBTIQ then you should read on too. GLAM is the official caucus of the ASU for LGBTIQ members. GLAM members are in every state and territory and in each Branch of the ASU. Some Branches have identified LGBTIQ contacts for the Branch and others have groups of LGBTIQ members who ...

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