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Created Mon 14/05/2012, Last Updated Tue 5/06/2012

ACTU Congress 2012 - live on the web and social networks

About 1000 delegates representing Australia’s union movement converge on Sydney today for the three days of the ACTU Congress which starts Tuesday, May 15.

Effectively a parliament for working people, the ACTU Congress is held every three years. The theme of the 2012 Congress is Secure Jobs, Better Future.

Join the ACTU Congress 2012 online.

Ahead of the Tuesday start, Australia’s peak union body held a Youth Congress at Unions NSW this morning – a first for the movement.The purpose of ACTU Youth Congress is to engage with and empower young people to have a discussion about their role in unions. “It's also about helping to build a new type of collectivism that brings unionism into the 21st century,” the ACTU says.

This year’s Congress has plenty of 21st century social media programs as well to make proceedings more accessible to those unable to attend. Plenary sessions can be watched live online, and you can join the debate via Twitter and Facebook.

Official Congress bloggers are providing news and views from insider Congress and the ACTU will be sharing pictures, videos, and vox pops to keep everyone in the know and give more people a chance to participate.

So  Join the ACTU Congress 2012 via the website  or on Facebook.