The ASU is always there for members. The union is there when you need assistance, there with support, and available to members no matter in which part of the state they live.

In addition to members’ meetings and visits to dozens of worksites each week, we’ve recently held member forums across the state.

In each of the regions, ASU members have come together to hear what’s happening in our industries and hear from some great speakers on union campaigns and win in other industries.

In the north, union activists from Troy Edwards and Jarrod Ennis at Statewide Independent Wholesalers spoke about their struggle to recruit new members and to campaign to win in enterprise bargaining. They spoke about the strength of collective action and inspired those who attended to go back to work and discuss the union with their colleagues.

Barry from Simplot spoke to our members in Burnie about the dreadful way he was sacked, and the successful campaign that he and his union ran to win his reinstatement; not once, but twice.

And in Hobart, AMWU Organiser Jacob Batt spoke about his members from Cadbury and their campaign that went all the way to the High Court of Australia over sick leave entitlements for shift workers.

An exciting part of the final forum was a ‘draw from the hat’ of a new ASU member who joined during May and June during our membership competition.

The winner of a $200 fuel voucher was Sarah Holloway from McGrath & Co Lawyers.

Keep an eye out for our next member forums, meetings or get-togethers for ASU members and come along.

Even though the competition has finished, it’s always a great time to encourage workmates to join the ASU. It’s easy for anyone to join online at www.asu.asn.au/asujoin

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