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Save the date: ACTU Congress 2012: 15-17 May, Sydney



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Monday, 26 March 2012

Save the date: ACTU Congress 2012: 15-17 May, Sydney

Almost 1000 delegates representing workers from every industry and sector in Australia will attend the ACTU Congress at the Sydney Convention Centre from 15-17 May.

This is the largest and most important gathering of Australian unions. Delegates will debate and vote on policies regarding the workplace, rights, and campaigns to improve wages, conditions and quality of life for Australian workers and their families. This process sets the union agenda for a

further three years.

The Congress will also elect a new Secretary to lead the ACTU, along with other office-holders.

The theme of ACTU Congress 2012 is Secure Jobs. Better Future . With about 40% of the Australian workforce employed as casuals, in labour hire, on short-term contracts or in other forms of insecure work, improving their rights, entitlements and protections is a major priority of Australian unions.

All media are invited to this important event in Sydney from 15-17 May.

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• High profile national and international speakers • Public release of the report of the Howe Inquiry into Insecure Work • Youth Congress (14 May) • Spotlight on union campaigns and special focus on secure jobs • Congress dinner with special guests • Policy sessions and debates: industrial relations, economic and social policy • Fringe events

Speakers will include:

• The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard • The Minister for Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten • Incoming ACTU Secretary-elect • ACTU President Ged Kearney • Outgoing ACTU Secretary Jeff Lawrence • Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Insecure Work, Brian Howe • Director of the Economic Policy Institute (USA), Lawrence Mishel • General Secretary of the Fijian Trades Union Congress, Felix Anthony

More announcements will be made soon. Visit www.actucongress.org.au for more information.

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