From the Archives

Eight Hour Day Badge

The trade union badge has been an important symbol of solidarity since the 19th century. The art of badgemaking has flourished since then.

We often use the templates of computers to make tin button round badges but for many years the pride in union membership and collective action has been displayed by high quality design and production of lapel pins and badges.

The Eight Hour Day Committee badges were exemplars of this art.
A relatively simple form of this was the round medal illustrated here. The hands have been a constant in union banners and badges symbolising strength in unity.

The eight-hour committee membership was an honour and the elaborateness of the lapel pins was an expression of this. Committee members were easily identifiable by the ribbon and medal.

The badge and rosette/ribbon seem to date, in Britain at least, from the 1700s according to Paul Martin in The Trade Union Badge (Ashgate, 2002) with the ribbon/rosette getting bigger depending on your position in the parade! The holes in these badges were attached to a ribbon and crossbar.

Join Your Union Day

May 1, 2019

On May 1 unions from across New South Wales will visit workplaces, shopping centres, universities, TAFEs and community centres to talk to people about the importance of joining a union and having their voice heard in the workplace.

Trades Hall Open Day

November 3-4, 2018

Trades Hall is once again participating in the program of the Sydney Living Museums to open itself to the public. This is our fourth year participating in Sydney Open, we invite you to explore Trades Hall one of the city’s most treasured and architecturally significant buildings.

We have small group tours around the building on Saturday with Sunday being a general open day where the main focus will be the Lorna Morrison Banner Room

Trades Hall Event

December 15, 2018

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International Day of Mourning

In 2018, 115 workers lost their lives,

we come together to reflect & remember them

The International Workers’ Memorial Day service is a time where our community comes together to reflect and remember the thousands of workers who are killed in their workplace each year.

This special open service is an opportunity for all workers, political leaders, employers, religious and civic leaders in our local community to take the time to reflect on the significance of work health and safety in 2019.

Please join us at Reflection Park, as we stand together and remember the workers who left for work but never came home.

At the end of the service, light refreshments and finger food will be served at Trades Hall (4 Goulburn Street, Sydney)

Orientation Week

We are coming to Campus


All workers have rights and protections at work including a minimum hourly rate of pay. Your workplace conditions may be set out in an award, agreement or contract of employment.

When you start a new job you should ask your boss whether you are under an award, agreement or contract and if you can see a copy. Awards are available at fwc.gov.au


Minimum hourly rates are set out in Awards. You may be entitled to a higher hourly rate of pay depending on your industry, workplace or experience.

Hourly Rate of Pay
Age Casual Casual Sunday
17 $13.21 $18.50
18 $15.61 $21.86
19 $18.86 $26.41
20+ $22.34 $31.27

May Day 2019

Prince Alfred Park – 5 May 2019

May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, is celebrated in Australia and around the world. It’s a day to remember the struggles of workers to gain basic rights and rally together to sustain our rights at work and in our communities.

We hold an annual May Day Rally and Family Fun Day in Sydney. Bring your family and friends to celebrate all that we have achieved together!