ACTU to cut jobs as it seeks to boost union membership
The Australian Council of Trade Unions will cut jobs from its Melbourne headquarters as it embarks on a major restructuring designed to address record-low union membership.
Union sources said the changes, aimed at increasing the peak union body’s focus on how to grow the union movement, would result in redundancies while some positions would disappear and new roles would be created.
Sources said, at this stage, there was a hope the net job cuts could be kept to four, but they did not rule out forced redundancies “if necessary”.
Union sources denied the restructure was linked to federal Labor’s election defeat or the findings of a post-election review that the ACTU’s $10m Change the Rules campaign was too complex and struggled to connect with voters.
Sources said there had been talk about the restructuring among the ACTU and its affiliates since last year.