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The beginnings of the ACTU can be traced to a Trade Union Congress held in the Melbourne Trades Hall Council on 3 May 1927. The meeting was convened to 'consider the possibility of creating a representative body for the whole trade union movement in Australia'. The Congress elected a Committee of seven which produced a report including a proposed constitution for a new body named the Australasian Council of Trade Unions, which was accepted with two minor amendments on 7 May 1927. The name was changed to the Australian Council of Trade Unions at the 1947 Congress. The Australian Workers' Union joined the ACTU in 1967, and the ACTU's merger with two leading federations of white-collar unions, the Australian Council of Salaried and Professional Associations in 1979, and the Council of Australian Government Employee Organisations in 1981, gave it about 2,500,000 members, or more than three-quarters of trade union membership in Australia. The ACTU is the recognised representative of organised labour in centralised wage negotiations with business and the federal government. It has traditionally maintained a close association with the Australian Labor Party, though not actually affiliated to it. Robert Hawke, who was president of the ACTU from 1970 to 1980, went on to serve as Australian prime minister from 1983 to 1991 and later Presidents Simon Crean and Martin Ferguson became Federal ministers. The ACTU's policy-making body, a biennial congress, is made up of delegates from state branches of the federation (Trades and Labor Councils) and from affiliated trade unions.

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Union Rally - Nelson Mandela, Melbourne Town Hall

Author(s)Australian Council of Trade Unions
TypeSound recording; Podcast
Date Published-
Date Created1990
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Jennie George at a Trades Hall party

Author(s)Photographer: not known
TypeImage
Date Published24-Feb-2012
Date Createdcirca 1996
N68-1043.tif.jpg

Bob Hawke, Research Officer, Australian Council of Trade Unions

Author(s)Photographer: not known
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Createdc. 1960; 17/05/2011
ACTUMETADA_9.tif.jpg

Simon Crean and Cliff Dolan at the unveiling of busts of Croft, Hawke and Dolan

Author(s)Photographer: The Herald & Weekly Times Ltd
TypeImage
Date Published18-Sep-2009
Date Created1988
ACTUMETADA_15.tif.jpg

Bob Hawke, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, 1969-1980

Author(s)Photographer: not known
TypeImage
Date Published18-Sep-2009
Date Creatednd
ACTUMETADA_30.tif.jpg

Miss Trade Union Competition

Author(s)-
TypeImage
Date Published18-Sep-2009
Date Created1966
ACTUMETADA_24.tif.jpg

John Howard: a return to confrontationist industrial relations

Author(s)Photographer: not known
TypeImage
Date Published18-Sep-2009
Date Created1986
ACTUMETADA_8.tif.jpg

Bourke’s store … an ACTU enterprise

Author(s)-
TypeImage
Date Published18-Sep-2009
Date Created1972
ACTUMETADA_36.tif.jpg

Cliff Dolan, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, 1980-1985

Author(s)Photographer: not known
TypeImage
Date Published18-Sep-2009
Date Creatednd
ACTUMETADA_20.tif.jpg

Bob Hawke, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, 1969-1980, planting a tree [occasion unknown]

Author(s)Photographer: not known
TypeImage
Date Published18-Sep-2009
Date Creatednd
ACTUMETADA_37.tif.jpg

Defeat Menzies this year

Author(s)-
TypeImage
Date Published18-Sep-2009
Date Created1960s
ACTUMETADA_19.tif.jpg

Bob Hawke President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, 1969-1980, playing cricket

Author(s)Photographer: not known
TypeImage
Date Published18-Sep-2009
Date Creatednd
ACTUMETADA_31.tif.jpg

Miss Jean McEwen

Author(s)Photographer: not known
TypeText
Date Published-
Date Created1966; 18/09/2006
ACTUMETADA_1.tif.jpg

All-Australian Trades Union Congress - Official Report

Author(s)-
TypeImage
Date Published18-Sep-2009
Date Created3 May 1927
ACTUMETADA_22.tif.jpg

Bob Hawke, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, 1969-1980

Author(s)Photographer: not known
TypeImage
Date Published18-Sep-2009
Date Creatednd

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