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Unions for Yes

The Australian union movement has a long tradition of standing in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We’re proud to be continuing that tradition this year by supporting the campaign for constitutional recognition.

We are having this referendum because it’s time to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people want this recognition in a practical form: a Voice to Parliament.

Why is this union business?

As unionists, we believe that when workers are consulted in the workplace, it creates better outcomes. That’s exactly what this is about.

The Voice to Parliament is a natural reflection of union principles of consultation, democracy, and collective voice. Enshrining a Voice in the Constitution will enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to provide advice from a grassroots level to the federal Parliament on policies and projects that impact their lives and communities.

This is an opportunity for all Australians to come together and contribute to building a stronger, fairer nation. All Australians will benefit when we recognise and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ knowledge, cultures and stories.

Join us

For the referendum to be successful, we will need all hands-on deck to get the message out about how a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament will benefit our country.

Ultimately, it’s the Australian people and your support that will decide the success of the referendum. To support a stronger, more united country you can:

  1. Sign the pledge to support an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament
  2. Speak to your friends and family about why this is so important
  3. Take action and join as we campaign for a better future

It’s time we open our nation’s next chapter by voting Yes.

Unions for Yes Upcoming Actions

  • Unions for Yes Phone-banking Final Stretch- 5.30PM-8.00PM Monday 25 September – Thursday 12 October 2023

Join us as we call into the community to support a Yes vote.

We will be running evening phonebanks 5:30PM – 8:00 PM every week for activists to call into the community and discuss why a Yes vote will create a stronger more united country.

You can join either in-person at Trades Hall, 377 Sussex St Sydney or online via Zoom.

Food will be provided for the in-person phonebanks.

Register here.

  • Train Station Blitz for Yes – Friday 13 October

Unions will be blitzing major commuter stations the day before the referendum to deliver a final message to voters on their commute.

Join us by selecting your station/time in the form here.

  • Polling Booths

The Yes campaign is planning a huge presence at polling booths across the country for prepoll and referendum day to show voters the huge and positive support for Yes vote.

Join us by signing up to hand out at your nearest polling booth here.

Additional community actions can be found at on the Yes23 website.

Translated Flyers

We have translated Unions for Yes material to ensure that all Australians understand what the referendum is about.

These flyers are available to download in 5 languages. Click on the language below.


Get more information on the referendum and the Voice at

Translated factsheets in over 45 languages can be found here.

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