The ACTU Organising Centre runs a comprehensive education program for Union Organisers, Delegates/Representatives and Activists.
Economics for Unionists Intensive
It seems that so many trade union campaigns inevitably confront the same challenge: namely, we are told that our proposals (for improving pay and conditions, for better public services and stronger communities, for environmental protection) are “just not economically viable”. Trade unionists need to be able to argue confidently and convincingly that our proposals have economic merit, and can in fact strengthen economic performance and well-being. That’s why trade unionists must learn about economics – from a unionist’s perspective.
This 2-day intensive version of the Economics for Unionists courses provides a basic overview of economic theory and policy, to assist participants to analyse and respond to standard economic debates regarding competitiveness, the costs and benefits of private and public sector activity, the economic effects of unions and collective bargaining, productivity and more.