This year's ASU Conference was another huge success, and we thank the delegates who attended the two-day event.
We had some great guests, including keynote speaker and AFL Players' Association CEO Matt Finnis, followed by media and TV star Rhys Muldoon, who was also one of the judges in the ASU's inaugural Delegate's Got Talent competition.
Photos are up on our facebook page, and video will follow.
2013 ASU Delegate of the Year Awards
Once again we celebrated the tremendous efforts of our delegates with four new recipients of our annual ASU awards, including the Delegate of The Year, Young Delegate of the Year and the OH&S Representative of the Year.
Nominations for the delegate awards are made by work colleagues and fellow ASU members to recognise the contribution and dedication of our delegates.
The winners are as follows..
Adam Bottomley (MIND) Joint Delegate of the Year 2013
Adam has been lead delegate in the protracted and very difficult EBA negotiations (since Nov 2011) at MIND.
This has involved industrial action which commenced last December and continues to date. Adam has attended stopwork meetings and rallies across meto and regional sites, including a 24-hour stopwork held in July. This level of industrial action is rare in SACS. Adam has travelled to a lot of these sites in his own time to recruit and gain support for PAB votes and NO votes and significant improvements have been made to the Agreement so far. Adam has recruited and mentored new delegates and is active on after hours committees and in the ASU’s SACS recruiting campaigns - much of it in his own time
Rob Monohan (Wyndham City Council) Joint Delegate of the Year 2013
Apart from the important role he played in successful EBA negotiations, Robert has been a driving force in standing up to management over very serious issues, including the sacking of five colleagues. He also made sure he gave them support and this was very much appreciated. Rob has increased membership and reinforced members’ understanding of collective action. Rob is described by colleagues as inspirational, sensational and a lot more.
Hayley Quinn (Energy Australia) Young Delegate of the Year
Hayley has participated in EBA negotiations and assisted in achieving a 124 per cent increase in membership at Energy Australia. She works in a call centre where the environment can be difficult, turnover is high and involves shift arrangements.
Hayley regularly raises issues with management and ensures that the union and other delegates are informed of members’ concerns and issues.
Mark Hall (City of Greater Geelong) OH&S Rep of the Year
Mark is an active union delegate and Health and Safety Representative. He promotes union training for HSRs whenever he can. He recently encouraged a group of home care workers to nominate and was present when they were elected to their Designated Work Groups. Mark advised the team lead to contact the ASU regarding training. His involvement was crucial to ensure that the newly elected HSRs were sent to undertake union rather than non union training.
The ASU would also like to thank the contribution of our other speakers at the ASU Conference, which included:
(L-R) Young Delegate of the Year Hayley Quinn, ASU Branch Secretary Brian Parkinson, Joint
Delegate of the Year Rob Monohan, OHS Rep of the Year Mark Hall, ACTU President Ged Kearney
and Joint Delegate of the Year Adam Bottomley.