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For his first address to the National Press Club as ACTU Secretary, Dave Oliver will outline the union movement’s agenda for 2013, including the federal election campaign.
Dave Oliver was elected Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions at the last ACTU Congress in May 2012.
He was previously National Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union following elections in 2007 and 2011.
After leaving school in 1977, Dave began his working life as a 15 year old apprentice fitter in Sydney.
He first became a union site delegate while working as a lift mechanic on the construction of the new NSW Industrial Relations Commission building at 80 William St, Sydney.
After 10 years in the industry, and as a union activist with a passion for safety and asbestos issues, Dave became an organiser with the AMWU in 1988.
As a NSW Branch official, Dave led campaigns to protect workers’ entitlements from company collapses, before moving to Victoria as the Assistant National Secretary and then becoming Victorian Branch Secretary in 2002.
As AMWU National Secretary, Dave played a key role in the Your Rights at Work campaign and the Manufacturing: Australia’s Future campaign, as well as several government taskforces on apprenticeships, skills and the resource sector.
He is currently a director of Australian Super and a member of the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Manufacturing.
Dave is married with four children and lives in Melbourne.