- 3 May 1927
- Alternative Names
- ACTU (Acronym)
In 1927, union delegates gathered in the Victorian Trades Hall and voted to establish the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), a national trade union centre of affiliated unions.
The objectives of the ACTU, as stated in its constitution, were as follows: socialisation of industry; organisation of wage and salary earners in the Australian workforce within the trade union movement; and utilisation of Australian resources to maintain full employment, establish equitable living standards which increase in line with output, and create opportunities for the development of talent. Aside from a diminished emphasis on the socialisation of industry, these overarching aims have remained largely unchanged.