Support for union reps

Click to enlargeUnion reps play a vital leadership role at the workplace. The union rep is often the first point of contact for members in schools and TAFE colleges seeking information or advice about their working conditions or entitlements.

On receipt of the Nominations for branch office bearers form the union office will mail a union rep kit to your worksite’s elected representative. This introductory pack will enable the rep to establish themself in the workplace.

Schools: Union representative legislative rights and responsibility

Teachers Award 1993 Clause 61

61. Union Facilities for Union Representatives

(1) The Employer recognises the rights of the SSTUWA and PFWA to organise and represent its members.

(2) The Employer will recognise SSTUWA representatives and the members of the PFWA Council as the representatives of the PFWA and will allow them to carry out their roles and functions.

(3) SSTUWA representatives in the Department have a legitimate role and function in assisting the SSTUWA in the tasks of recruitment, organising, communication and representing members’ interests in the workplace, Department and SSTUWA branch.

(4) The Employer recognises that, under the SSTUWA’s rules, SSTUWA representatives are members of a branch representing members within a SSTUWA electorate. A SSTUWA branch may cover more than one workplace.

(5) The SSTUWA will advise the Employer in writing of the names of the SSTUWA representatives in the Department.

(6) The Employer must recognise the authorisation of each the STTUWA and PFWA representatives in the Department and must provide them with the following.

(a) Paid time off from normal duties to perform their functions as a Union representative such as organising, recruiting, individual grievance handling, collective bargaining, involvement in the branch and to attend Union business in accordance with this clause and the Department’s Industrial Relations Advice 6 of 2009. The Department will consult with the Unions regarding any proposed changes to this Industrial Relations Advice.

(b) Access to facilities required for the purpose of carrying out their duties. Facilities may include but not be limited to, the use of filing cabinets, meeting rooms, telephones, fax, email, internet, photocopiers and stationery. Such access to facilities must not unreasonably affect the operation of the organisation and is in accordance with normal Departmental protocols.

(c) A noticeboard for the display of Union materials including broadcast email facilities.

(d) Paid access to periods of leave for the purpose of attending Union training courses in accordance with Clause 62. – Leave to Attend Union Business of the Award. Country representatives will be provided with appropriate travel time.

(e) Notification of the commencement of new employees, and as part of their induction, time to discuss the benefits of Union membership with them.

(f) Access to awards, agreements, policies and procedures.

(g) The names of any Equal Employment Opportunity and Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare representatives.

(7) The Employer recognises that it is paramount that Union representatives in the workplace are not threatened or disadvantaged in any way as a result of their role as a Union representative.

TAFE: Union representative facilities

TAFE General Agreement 2017 Clause 85

85. Union Facilities for Union Representatives

(1) The Managing Directors recognise the rights of the Union to organise and represent its members. Union representatives in Colleges have a legitimate role and function in assisting the Union in the tasks of recruitment, organising, communication and representing members’ interests in the workplace, at the College and on Union committees.

(2) The Managing Directors recognises that, under the Union’s rules, Union representatives represent members in a branch, which may cover one or more workplaces or may cover part of a workplace.

(3) The Managing Directors recognises that, under the Union’s rules, a TAFE Committee representative represents members in a branch at the TAFE Committee.

(4) The Managing Directors will recognise Union representatives in Colleges and will allow them to carry out their role and functions.

(5) The Union will advise the employer in writing of the names of the Union representatives in the College.

(6) The Managing Directors shall recognise the authorisation of each Union representative in the College and shall provide them with the following:

(a) Paid time off from normal duties to perform their functions as a Union representative such as organising, recruiting, individual grievance handling, collective bargaining, involvement on Union committees and to attend Union business in accordance with Clause 65 - Leave to Attend Union Business of this Agreement.

(b) Access to facilities required for the purpose of carrying out their duties. Facilities may include but not be limited to, the use of filing cabinets, meeting rooms, telephones, fax, email, internet, photocopiers and stationery. Such access to facilities shall not unreasonably affect the operation of the organisation and shall be in accordance with normal College protocols.

(c) A noticeboard for the display of Union materials including broadcast email facilities.

(d) Paid access to periods of leave for the purpose of attending Union training courses in accordance with Clause 66 - Trade Union Training Leave of this Agreement. Country representatives will be provided with appropriate travel time.

(e) Notification of the commencement of new employees, and as part of their induction, provide time for the Union representative to discuss the benefits of Union membership with them.

(f) Access to awards, agreements, policies and procedures.

(g) Access to information on matters affecting employees in accordance with Clause 11 – College Consultation and Clause 14 – Notification of Change of this Agreement.

(h) The names of any Equal Employment Opportunity and Safety and Health representatives.

(7) The employer recognises that it is paramount that Union representatives in the workplace are not threatened or disadvantaged in any way as a result of their role as a Union representative.

2019 Getting Organised Forms

  • Nominations for branch office bearers form - 2019
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  • SSTUWA Committee Election Nomination Form - 2019
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  • OSH rep form - 2019
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  • Branch financial return - 2019
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