The peak council of the Australian trade union movement represents some 2.4 million workers through 49 affiliated unions. It has a Labour Council branch in each State and a policy-making process which works through a biennial Congress of about 1000 delegates, an annual Council of 100 and a 40-member Executive which meets quarterly. Originally committed to a socialisation objective, much of its work has been concerned with co-ordinating and consolidating union activity across Australia.
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