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CPSU Organisers up-skill at week-long training

ORGANISING Works Trainees Leah Cauchi, Nick Duncombe, Rosemary Stuart and Ruby Thomas-Thompson were in New South Wales last week for the residential part of their training.

The group arrived in Avoca Beach last Sunday and each trainee worked in a group with people from other unions in different states.

Organising Works is a 12-month course run by the ACTU combining on the job training and a study program, and last week the four CPSU staff members joined other Organising Works trainees from around Australia.

Much of the week was taken up with group work, workshops and guest speakers, all centring on planning the different stages of a campaign.

Ruby was nominated by her peers as the Tasmanian team Delegate, and her CPSU teammates said she did a brilliant job representing them.

Read below what each of the Organisers took away from the week.

 

Rosemary:

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The best thing about training week was:

I found the group work on campaigning was very interesting; it gave me a good understanding of campaigns from beginning to end.

Something that really stuck with me from the week was:

Gathering all the information needed for campaigning and putting it all together, and how to get Members motivated and keep them motivated throughout the campaign.

After the training I’m keen to:

Continue to help our Members in any way I can, and to make their worksites a better place to be.

 

Nick:

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The best thing about training week was:

Hearing campaign stories from other union state secretaries.

Something that really stuck with me from the week was:

It became very clear to me that the same issues and the same fight is going on with every other union in every corner of Australia. That’s the fight for better rights at work for Members, better pay and conditions.

I also learned a lot from my group. There were a few people from our sister unions that were there, and some had the same portfolios I do, so I spent a considerable amount of time talking about the issues, and a lot of them were the same.

After the training I’m keen to:

I’ve come back really energised and ready to continue to help Members. I also learned a lot about planning a campaign and the different stages of escalating a campaign, which will be useful.

 

Ruby:

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The best thing about training week was:

Meeting Organisers from other unions and states and learning that there are many similarities in current issues and struggles that unions are facing. It was great to learn new skills and ideas I can use to assist in my everyday organising and it was refreshing to make new friends and networks that have the same goal in fighting the good fight to make Members’ working lives easier.

Something that really stuck with me from training week was:

The week was all about campaigning and the skills I learned will be invaluable in helping me run successful campaigns, no matter the size or complexity.

After the training I’m keen to:

Spend more time educating Members about the importance of being union and how great it is to be part of such a show of solidarity.

I have missed my Members and I’m looking forward to getting back out there and continuing to assist them in the struggles they face at work.

 

Leah:

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The best thing about training week was:

The best thing about training was being able to meet people from many different unions and hearing about their experiences.

Something that really stuck with me from training week was:

The training has really given me some ideas and strategies on how to engage people in campaigns.

After the training I’m keen to:

I’m keen to look at building my Delegate networks and upskilling my Delegates.

 

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