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Meet our newest CPSU Delegates

WE’VE had an influx of new Delegates to our CPSU team. In recent weeks, Organisers have recruited a number of CPSU Members to this important union role. Workplace Delegates are an integral link between Organisers and Members, and real leaders in their workplace who take an active role through support, skills and communication. We spoke to seven new Delegates to find out why they stepped up.

Richard Antoniewicz is an Examiner at DPIPWE’s Land Titles Office. Although he’s just signed up as Delegate, the role is quite familiar. “I’ve been the unofficial Delegate here for a while now as there was no appointed Delegate on this floor. I’ve been a CPSU Member here for five or six years and we have about 50% union coverage here”. In his new official role as Delegate, Richard said he would continue to help out in union matters.

Philip Roberts, DPIPWE Senior Policy Officer joined the CPSU many years ago, and said he’s always been impressed with the way the Union Organisers and other CPSU staff have worked hard to protect the interests of Tasmanian workers and the community. “Over the next few years we can expect to see increasingly irrational statements and actions from politicians and business leaders as they struggle to deal with an economic and social situation that exceeds their capabilities and level of insight,” Philip said. “In this environment I see the CPSU as an essential voice and support for workers trying to retain their jobs and maintain their enthusiasm for helping the public.” As a new Delegate, Philip is looking forward to helping his colleagues and the CPSU in whatever way he can to make sure everyone gets a fair deal and our professional public service is kept intact.

Di Darcey is a Project Officer in the Community Development Division, Programs and Services Branch, and she recently became a CPSU Delegate though it’s not the first time Di’s been in the role. “I signed as a Delegate initially as I value the CPSU and the work they do,” Di said. “A good example is the recent work around negotiating salaries, the additional 10 days leave, and the de-coupling of politicians pay increases from the Commonwealth. I’m keen to support the union and being a Delegate is a good way to do it.”

Justine Keay’s move to become a Delegate recently was really just formalising what she was already doing in her position as Electorate Officer for Deputy Premier Bryan Green. Over the past couple of years Justine’s had discussions with employees in similar employment arrangements and over time she became the contact point to find out various things about employment conditions, issues and how matters are progressing. “My father was a very active union member and fought for the rights of workers in his industry, even if it didn’t benefit him, so I grew up with those values and have been a member of unions in all my workplaces,” Justine said. As a new Delegate, she hopes to ensure the voices of her colleagues are heard and their concerns aren’t just talked about but are taken further and addressed by those that should listen and who make the decisions.

Sharon Bent is the Customer Services Coordinator at the Devonport LINC. Sharon was redeployed to the worksite in January and just put her hand up to become a Delegate. “They just needed a union representative here. I’ve been a union member for quite a while, and with my recent redeployment, I know a bit more about that and I could help others in a similar situation.” As a new Delegate Sharon said she was keen to support people who needed assistance.

Denny Fleming, a Service Delivery Officer with TMD, has been a union member for a long time. About 12 years ago she had some trouble at a previous job where she was blamed for something she didn’t do. Denny’s employer gave her three written warnings at once, so they could sack her next time something went wrong. A union Delegate helped her out and the warnings were dropped. Now Denny’s become a Delegate in her role with the Department of Premier and Cabinet. “We didn’t have a Delegate anymore after our office was split in two.” In this new union role, Denny wants to help people understand what unions have done for them.

Andrew Harris is a Workforce Learning Leader at the Tasmanian Polytechnic. Andrew’s been a member of a number of unions over the past 20 or so years, including the Electrical Trades Union and the Australian Education Union. He’s been a CPSU Member for about 12 months now, signing up as a Union Delegate for the first time. “Being an employee of the polytechnic, we’ve had an incredible amount of change, and now we’re looking at further changes,” Andrew said. In his new role he wants to support as many people as he can during these changes.

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