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The irony of the ACTU's defence of the ALP
On Line Opinion (2012)
  • Jo Coghlan, Southern Cross University
  • Scott Denton, University of New South Wales
Abstract
The Australian Council of Trade Union (ACTU) represents 1.9 million union members from 46 affiliated unions. It is the peak body of organised labour in Australia. Since its formation in 1927, the ACTU proudly cites the achievements of trade unionism and the benefits that all Australian workers reap from union activities in increasing wages, ongoing improvements in occupational health and safety, and in protecting vulnerable workers from exploitation. The ACTU, and more broadly unionism, has a long and proud tradition in Australian political culture. As the 'labour movement' it joins its parliamentary wing, the Australian Labor Party (ALP), in developing and implementing the ideals associated with social democratic egalitarianism.
Keywords
  • Australian Labor Party,
  • trade unions,
  • ACTU
Publication Date
May 18, 2012
Citation Information
Jo Coghlan and Scott Denton. "The irony of the ACTU's defence of the ALP" On Line Opinion (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jo_coghlan/20/