The trade union link has been a defining feature of the Australian Labor Party. Unions helped to found Labor and affiliation provides the party with a direct link to a movement with over two million members. There is, however, a growing sense that the link needs to be modernised and renewed. Exactly what change is needed remains a matter of debate.
Reform ideas have included: implementing the 2010 National Review, an Electoral College model to elect the leader and involving individual union members in pre-selections, and emulating the more radical ideas proposed by the British Labour Party.
The question is will any of these reforms actually help make Labor a mass movement or will it only stem the decline in political participation?
Join the NSW Fabians and a great panel of speakers for what will be an important discussion on renewing the ALP-union link.
Tony Sheldon – National Secretary, Transport Workers Union, and ALP National Senior-Vice President
Sally McManus – Secretary, Australian Services Union (NSW/ACT)
Dr Trevor Cook - former Hawke Government adviser and author of Unions and the ALP: Between dependence and independence
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