The Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council is the second oldest Trades and Labour Council in the world, founded in 1883 on the back of the Ballarat Eight Hour Committees established in 1856.
Trades Hall helps organise activities and campaigns with and on behalf of our affiliated unions. Some of the work Trades Hall is regularly involved in includes:
Lobbying State parliament on legislation that affects the lives of regional workers
Coordinating Regional campaigns on industrial, political and social issues
Organising large rallies, marches, protests and other public events
Providing strategic advice and support for unions on individual campaigns
Communicating with the public and media about Trade Union issues
Assisting regional Workers with advice and support on workplace issues
HOW ARE WE STRUCTURED
Trades Hall is comprised of 27 affiliated unions, representing over 17,800 members in our region. Our region covers Ballarat, Horsham, Stawell, Ararat, Daylesford, Maryborough, Bacchus Marsh and areas between.
HOW WE MAKE DECISIONS
The Council meets monthly with Delegates from affiliated unions, our Executive is elected by Members for two year terms.