Australia's unions are aiming to overhaul their tainted image and repeat the success of 2007's Your Rights at Work campaign in the lead-up to this year's federal election.
The union movement has taken a hit to its reputation in the wake of the Health Services Union scandal and questions over Australian Workers Union officials' misuse of funds in the 1990s.
ACTU secretary Dave Oliver told the Australian Workers Union national conference on Tuesday that the peak body's executive would receive a report on improving corporate governance in March and would act on it.
Mr Oliver said there was no place in the labour movement for the "gross misuse of members' money".
"It should not and will not be tolerated," he said.
The AWU conference passed a resolution for zero tolerance on corruption and to improve internal governance procedures to a level above that required by the law.
Mr Oliver said a revitalised union movement would be well placed to launched a new national campaign along the lines of Your Rights at Work, which was credited with helping to topple the Howard government.
"We had huge support from the community and when we rise up and fight those battles, we do get that support," Mr Oliver said.
The campaign will harness two million union members, including 280,000 in marginal electorates, and will use advertising.
"You can't put lipstick on a pit bull and call it a blue heeler - the fact is the Liberal party is dominated by a right wing that have fashioned their policies on the Tea Party in the United States," Mr Swan said.
Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten told the conference the September 14 election would be "very hard" for Labor but a new respect for unionism and Labor values would help in the Gillard government's re-election.
Mr Shorten acknowledged some in the party were saying "it is all too hard, the polls are terrible, what can we do?", but the solution was obvious.
"The time has come for us to explain to the Australian people that we stand alongside them, we stand in front of them, we stand for them, because we are the optimistic believers in the future of this country," he said.
The AWU conference backed a new campaign to establish a national domestic gas reserve, which the union says will reduce gas prices and help revitalise the manufacturing sector.
It also called on the NSW government to cut red tape and remove barriers to coal seam gas extraction.