The Anna Stewart Memorial Project encourages more women to be active in unions. And this last month Fiona Catanuso, an ASU delegate from Yarra City Council records department, was part of this exciting program.
Fiona spent half of the two weeks of the program at Victorian Trades Hall Council and half with her ASU branch.
Fiona’s program with the branch included:
- spending a day in Ballarat moving from a depot meeting to the library to the civic centre working on their log of claims.
- attending the Fair Work Commission on a reclassification matter and being exposed to a whole day of industrial process.
- participation in a couple of EA meetings in both LG and SACS.
- attending the first ever Union Pride Conference and joined us in handing out how to vote cards at a pre polling booth.
Fiona also participated in a couple of group exercises with the other ‘Anna’s’:
- performing an election stunt outside of Prahran Town Hall, demonstrating the effects for workers of a re-elected Morrison Government
- a street stall, speaking directly with the general public
- railway station handout on election eve
- presentation on an allocated project – returning to work following parental leave
Fiona proved to be a diligent researcher and presented well on her topic.
Fiona feels she learnt a lot from the program, with a wide variety of experience to take back to the workplace role as delegate. This has given her confidence and a broader understanding of the ASU and union movement.
The project runs twice a year, in May and October. If you would like to be an ‘Anna’ speak to your ASU Organiser or contact ASU Women’s Officer Punita Boardman on firstname.lastname@example.org