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Meet RBF Delegate Quentin Moncrieff
UNION Delegates are vital in any workplace.
They’re the go to person for Members.
They’re the bridge between their colleagues and their union organiser.
They’re the union’s eyes on the ground – Delegates know how their workplace runs and are often aware of issues and culture.
Quentin Moncrieff is the go-to person for his fellow union members at RBF. Based in the Hobart office, he started in the role about five months ago.
I put my hand up because I like to assist people where I can. That was the main reason why I came on board – to help people. So if they have a quiet demeanour and need someone to represent them, I can help. Quentin said that RBF has a culture of people being able to suggest ideas. Having a Delegate to talk to, gives these people an anonymous avenue to go to, so they can make suggestions they otherwise wouldn’t.
It’s about promoting togetherness and solidarity. I’ve spoken to numerous members about their concerns. More so, it’s about making myself available to people.
I believe people feel comfortable talking to me. I’m quite visible in the organisation through social activities in RBF. I’m not just visible to the ‘little’ people like me; I’m also visible in this role to managers.
It’s certainly a busy time at RBF, with an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement currently in negotiations.
At this stage I’ve been keeping abreast of the EBA activities. It’s been a great learning process to be involved in, and I’d like to get more involved as well. The CPSU’s acting for the interests of Members in this agreement process, which is great.
Taking on the Delegate role provides new experiences and also deals new challenges.
Being a representative of any person or group, you find there’s diversity. Everyone is different, so you need to understand where they’re coming from, what they want to achieve, and their expectations.
Working as a Delegate allows you to learn new skills and gives you the satisfaction of helping others in your workplace.
As well as taking on this important role, Quentin’s also just changed jobs.
I’ve recently been appointed as a Financial Planner. I’ve worked with RBF coming up to four years. I’ve had five varying roles in three divisions, which has given me a well-rounded knowledge of how the fund works and how all the divisions come together.
Despite juggling a new job, Quentin said he’s always got time for union Members who need a hand, an advocate, or some advice. CPSU staff have also made themselves available to Quentin; so he’s not alone.
Quentin’s been a CPSU Member for more than three years.
I became a Member after I came through the temporary employee window. It appears most staff come through that channel.
At the time I joined, the former EBA was being negotiated. I saw through other union Members and RBF updates how negotiations were being stalled and felt that I’d like to support the cause to get a fair agreement for everyone involved.
In regard to former EBA negotiations, from the initial outset to when the EBA was completed, it saw several starts over the years, RBF saw several HR managers come and go, so at the time, there was not a great deal of continuity or confidence. The one constant factor was the CPSU.
When asked what he’d tell someone who wasn’t in the union, Quentin said Members, had the CPSU to fall back on if they ever needed it.
I’d encourage anyone to join their union and investigate what the union can do for them and their workplace. That might be representation at EBA negotiations, representations when something contentious is happening within their organisation, something has changed, or that a member requires clarification in regard to their rights as an employee. They also receive the opportunity to buy discounted movie tickets and supermarket vouchers. There are a lot of benefits of being a union member.
A former Queenslander, Quentin moved to Tasmania about five-and-a-half years ago. The initial adjustment hasn’t been too bad.
I’ve found Tasmanians get colder than I do in the cold weather, and they seem to feel hotter than I do in the warm weather. The adjustment that I find the hardest is knowing where things are. I often deal with files of clients outside Hobart, and I don’t know off-hand where they live. This means a bit of time on Google maps for Quentin to familiarise himself with the Tassie terrain.
Away from work, he’s got two children and a partner. I’ve got a keen interest in any sporting event and enjoy physical activities. I also enjoy what I do at work.