At the last ACTU Executive meeting it was resolved that affiliated unions would support the Recognise Campaign, to lobby for constitutional change.
This is the resolution that was moved by Mich-Elle Myers, MUA National Officer, at the ACTU Executive in March:
The ACTU Executive reaffirms its support for the Recognise Campaign.
The ACTU Executive believes that recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as the First Australians, and the removal of racial discrimination from the Consitution of Australia will be a further essential step towards building a nation based on mutual respect and understanding, and a nation that values its rich history.
In particular, the ACTU Executive reiterates its support for:
- The recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the body of the Constitution of Australia, rather than the preamble;
- Changes to the Constitution of Australia that remove discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or country of origin.
The ACTU Executive realises the urgency of educating & informing unions and union members about the Recognise campaign during 2014 and 2015 to ensure that a national conversation and movement can be built around a Referendum.
Unions have a proud history of showing leadership on reconciliation, the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, promoting an inclusive Australia and eliminating all forms of racial discrimination.
This is a campaign that needs a united effort from everyone in our society and with a reach of 2 million union members the ACTU Executive acknowledges the considerable role Australian Unions have to play in the Recognise campaign.