The Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) is the peak union body in Queensland with 27 affiliated unions covering around 360,000 Queensland workers.
The fundamental roles of the QCU are to:
- support and co-ordinate affiliates to improve industrial conditions and increase membership;
- be the public voice of the Queensland union movement;
- influence government and public policy at an industrial, political and social level;
- build awareness of the union movement through education, training and campaigning; and
- represent the Queensland movement statewide, nationally and internationally.
Some of the functions and services of the QCU are:
- the research and provision of information and material for affiliated unions;
- the presentation of state general wage cases;
- presenting test cases in the Industrial Relations Commission (ie casual loading, termination change and redundancy);
- the co-ordination of multi-union negotiations and awards/agreements;
- preparing submissions for committees of inquiry and review (ie Work and Family Test Case, child labour review);
- organising major campaigns; and
- the training of delegates.