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Unions Tasmania AGM

LAST Wednesday Unions Tasmania held its AGM for the 2011-12 year.

From financials to report backs, the meeting covered a swathe of activities from the last financial year.


It was a busy the Work Health and Safety Training Unit, with much preparation for  the new Work Health & Safety Act is implemented in January 2013.

There was also positive feedback about the Workplace Psychopath session with Dr John Clarke.

317 people participated in a number of Work Health and Safety presentations during the 2011-12 year.

The Work Health and Safety Conference in Launceston on Friday November 2 had 112 people booked in.


The Worker Assist program saw a positive year, with participant numbers increasing and a total of 302 clients helped in 2011-12. The scope of the program’s also grown in the past 12 months, gaining a community legal centre status.

Workers compensation advice and help made up the bulk of the work in the program.

WorkCover is considering extending funding to continue Worker Assist.


The Unions Tasmania Women’s Committee saw a busy 2011-12.

The committee worked on a number of initiatives for 2012-13 that will up women’s participation in unions and help working Tasmanian women socially and at work.


The School’s Out program saw Unions Tasmania Secretary Kevin Harkins make presentations to students from year 10 and up on a series of work related topics.

These include union basics, pay rates, casual work, OH&S and the Anti-Discrimination Act.

Students and teachers gave great feedback about the program. 2012 saw 20 presentations made at schools and colleges so far.


*At the AGM CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch was re-elected as Unions Tasmania Vice President.

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