Bill Shorten

To the best of my knowledge, when I became national secretary and, indeed, Victorian secretary, the – my predecessors in the union had detected wrong activities, activities which aren’t in the best traditions of the AWU or, indeed, trade unionism.

“To the best of my knowledge, when I became national secretary and, indeed, Victorian secretary, the – my predecessors in the union had detected wrong … Read More

I think it is a cornerstone of our electoral system that you raise electoral funds for elections but that doesn’t mean that therefore the implication can be made that the recipients are incapable of transacting their interests and their duties towards people any differently.

“I think it is a cornerstone of our electoral system that you raise electoral funds for elections but that doesn’t mean that therefore the implication … Read More

What really matters in a workplace, what helps an employer if you’ve got a unionised workforce is if your shop stewards know the rules of the game, if your safety reps are taught to be able to examine situations to make sure the workplace is more safety. Better informed delegates, better workplace safety saves companies money. Unions are very good at safety. We are good at teaching delegates how to resolve disputes.

“What really matters in a workplace, what helps an employer if you’ve got a unionised workforce is if your shop stewards know the rules of … Read More

The whole time I was a union leader, we had to put up with John Howard and Tony Abbott attacking workers’ conditions. I’m proud of being a moderate trade union official, working co-operatively between employees and employers. I’m interested in better wages for workers, better safety, job security, and, profitable companies, because I understand that if you get co-operation in the workplace, everyone wins.

“The whole time I was a union leader, we had to put up with John Howard and Tony Abbott attacking workers’ conditions. I’m proud of … Read More

Fleeing persecution is not a crime. And we do not seek to pander to a noisy, tiny minority who will never embrace modern multicultural Australia. But there are important truths we must face. There is a history and a reality that we cannot ignore. The challenge before us is real, the questions we grapple with as elemental as life and death.

“Fleeing persecution is not a crime. And we do not seek to pander to a noisy, tiny minority who will never embrace modern multicultural Australia. … Read More

Modern Australian trade unionism and the unionist that I am doesn’t rely on a class war view that somehow that the interests of employees and managers are in two separate spheres and they’re irreconcilable. I believe that when people can go to work and be happy, satisfied, engaged, where the employer is getting employees who feel their interests are aligned with the employer, you get productivity. This is the future of Australian workplaces.

“Modern Australian trade unionism and the unionist that I am doesn’t rely on a class war view that somehow that the interests of employees and … Read More

Labor should not be about creating monuments on hills or statues in parks. Labors monuments and statues are when a young person can find a job, when a person with disability can get access to the ordinary life that others take for granted.

“Labor should not be about creating monuments on hills or statues in parks. Labors monuments and statues are when a young person can find a … Read More