Why become an ASU delegate?

Aoibheann

I'm Aoibheann (Evon) and I work as a Children's Counsellor and Group Facilitator with women and children who have experienced trauma due to family violence. I have worked in the community and mental health sectors for 15 years. I became an ASU delegate to apply my advocacy and counselling skills to protect and improve our work conditions. I first became a delegate more than a decade ago (!) when working at YSAS and am happy to take on the role once again.

I learn so much from my incredible colleagues and the client's / survivors I work with.  Their resilience, strength and bravery is inspiring. For me, being a delegate is a way to give something back to my colleagues and engage in activism to help build the community sector.

As a feminist, I'm passionate about trying to be an agent for change, where I can.  Finding time for work-life balance, fun and self-care is essential.  When I'm not working or toddler wrangling, I love recharging in nature and roller skating.

WHAT DO ASU DELEGATES DO?

Union delegates are the vital link between your union official and members within your workplace. Workplaces with an active union feel more consulted and involved in their workplace. Union delegates help to break down barriers in workplaces – they unite workers and create a community so workers don’t feel isolated. Participating in your union is your opportunity to participate in positive change within the workplace for yourself, your workplace and your industry.

THEY COMMUNICATE WITH MEMBERS

Delegates listen to issues ASU members have in the workplace. This provides them with information to set the agenda in meetings. Delegates receive training from the union in order to perform their duties and are involved in conferences and events specific to them.

THEY PROVIDE INFORMATION

Delegates are a great source of information. They let staff know  exactly what their entitlements are. They also answer individual or collective queries and grow the union by signing up non-members.

THEY RESOLVE ISSUES

Delegates liaise with management, their ASU organiser and members around individual or collective issues in the workplace.

WHAT IF THERE IS NO DELEGATE?

Each department should have an ASU delegate. Members find that workplaces with delegates are far better to work in as your delegate provides invaluable information and support.

WHAT IF YOU WANT TO BE A DELEGATE?

Becoming an ASU delegate is a very rewarding role that allows you to work towards positive change within your workplace. If you would like to help to improve your working conditions by becoming a ASU delegate, get in touch with our Member Contact Centre or download a nomination form here.

 


Adam Bottomley 11th August 2017  
  Great article. We need 1000 more ASU delegates to become a powerfully organised workforce.  
 
Joel Stibbard 10th August 2017  
  Fantastic work Evon. I am an ASU delegate at ARBIAS and I would love to see a world who allowed family violence leave and mental health leave in all awards Australia wide. I believe a good workplace should be a sanctuary for workers who are escaping family violence because it's often the only place they will be allowed to leave the house by a violent partner. In a sector where close to 80% of workers are women, this is even more poignant in the SACS jobs. Keep up the good fight  
 
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