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Calling all women: 2012 Anna Stewart Project
THE CPSU urges Members to apply for this year’s Anna Stewart Memorial Project – the annual work experience program that aims to increase women’s active union involvement and their understanding of unions.
The project, which has run in Australia since 1984, honours the life and work of Anna Stewart – a tireless worker for women, and this year it runs from August 7-16, incorporating training on a range of topics such as collective bargaining, negotiating skills and health and safety.
Successful applicants will be female financial union members who can demonstrate an interest in the project and an understanding of its objectives, and can also share their experiences with other members.
The CPSU’s Sarah Smith took part in the project back in 2008, and said she’d recommend it. “It was very challenging but also very rewarding. The project is only for women and I made lots of friendships,” Sarah said.
“Our project looked at paid maternity leave, which included a petition with signatures to send to government.”
This year, following the ACTU’s Secure Jobs, Better Future campaign, the CPSU is particularly encouraging Delegates in insecure work to take part in the program. Insecure work includes casual and contract work. It means jobs with irregular and unpredictable working hours and pay, inferior rights and entitlements and no job security.