Unions for Yes

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24 July 2023

Unions for Yes

Australia held a referendum on the 14th October 2023 the give a Voice to Parliament for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Unions fought for the Yes vote tirelessly.

Although the results of the referendum were not in our favour, the campaigning won’t stop as we fight for the rights of First Nations people.


What was the campaign about?

The Australian union movement has a long tradition of standing in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We’re proud to be continuing that tradition this year by supporting the campaign for constitutional recognition.

We are having this referendum because it’s time to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people want this recognition in a practical form: a Voice to Parliament.

Why is this union business?

As unionists, we believe that when workers are consulted in the workplace, it creates better outcomes. That’s exactly what this is about.

The Voice to Parliament is a natural reflection of union principles of consultation, democracy, and collective voice. Enshrining a Voice in the Constitution will enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to provide advice from a grassroots level to the federal Parliament on policies and projects that impact their lives and communities.

This is an opportunity for all Australians to come together and contribute to building a stronger, fairer nation. All Australians will benefit when we recognise and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ knowledge, cultures and stories.