Donna JohnstonDelegate Donna Johnston

Worksite: Integrity Commission

One thing Donna’s learnt in her Delegate role:

“One thing I’ve learnt is that Delegates out there are working hard for Members and the union.”

Currently her role involves:

“In my role as Delegate I keep Members in my workplace updated. When information comes from the union office I put it on our CPSU noticeboard. I also make sure I attend rallies and meetings.”

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David BloomfieldDelegate David Bloomfield

Worksite: Tasmanian Archive & Heritage Office

One thing David’s learnt in his Delegate role:

“Something I’ve learnt is to get involved in campaigns. You don’t always get the desired outcome but it’s great to stick together with other Members, and when are able to achieve a win, it’s fantastic. So stick together, have a go and don’t give up.”

Currently his Delegate role involves:
“Often being a Delegate is about showing support and being there if someone needs someone  else to talk to or run something past. Often Members need to know they’re not alone at work, especially during a difficult time.”

 

Steve SellersDelegate Steve Sellers

Worksite: Information Land Services, Geodata Services Branch

One thing he’s learnt in his Delegate role:
“One thing for me is being a presence for the union on the floor.”

Currently his Delegate role involves:
“At the moment with the budget situation, it’s a matter of keeping informed and informing people of what’s going on.”
“It’s about understanding your limitations and, if it is beyond you, just be a pointer for them as to where to go to get help, whether it’s the Member Advice & Support Team or their Organiser if it’s a bigger, group issue.”

 

lyndal (1)Delegate Lyndal Schneider

Worksite: Hobart LINC
One thing Lyndal’s learnt in her Delegate role
“One thing I’ve learnt is that it’s important to know your rights as a Delegate under the Tasmanian State Service Award.
“As a Delegate you should really know what you’re entitled to do and what you’re not able to do. Take a look at the section in the Award so you know this – it’s only a couple of pages but it’s a super important couple of pages. I’ve found it really useful in my role. It’s great to have the reassurance and protection.”
Find the Delegate rights for public sector workers here.

Currently her Delegate role involves:
“When issues surface, like the wage freeze last year, people want to know a lot more information than what they’re getting from the Agency. So I’m asked a lot of questions when issues like that crop up. Also, I’m often asked to attend meetings with Members as a support person so that keeps me busy as well. Lastly, when new staff start at the LINC, I talk to them about joining the union.”

 

steve ardittoDelegate Steve Arditto

Worksite: StaffLink, Tasmanian Health Organisation South

One thing Steve’s learnt in his Delegate role:
“One thing I’ve learnt is that it’s not enough to be a union member these days, you have to be an activist.”

Currently his Delegate role involves:
“As a Delegate I’m spending a lot of time talking to Members in my work area and they’re approaching me because they’re very concerned about the budget cuts as well as the re-organisation into one Tasmanian Health Service – they’re fearful for their jobs. There’s little or no information coming out from our management. People are scared and concerned.”

 

Tamatha Creely (1) best Delegate Tamatha Creely

Worksite: Royal Hobart Hospital

One thing Tamatha’s learnt in her Delegate role:

“Listen to what your Members want. What you might not consider important might be a real issue to someone else at work. And once it’s raised, it might highlight that other people are struggling too.”

Currently her Delegate role involves: “Often it’s just being available to answer queries and helping Members when they need it. I also explain about what the union is to new trainees.”

 

dennyDelegate Denny Fleming
Worksite: TMD

One thing that Denny’s learnt in her Delegate role:

“With a collective approach we can achieve great things.  It’s been proven that workplaces with strong unions pay higher wages, are safer and provide greater opportunities for training and career progression. Most people insure other elements of their life, car/home etc, yet often seem to leave the very area that allows them to pay for all these things unguarded –their employment.”

 

Wendy wolf editDelegate Wendy Wolf

Work: Disability Assessment and Advisory Team Manager and Registered Occupational Therapist

One thing that Wendy’s learnt in her Delegate role:

“Keep talking to people, to members and prospective members as well. Keep talking about the benefits of unionism. Also, get active and involved. For example, I’m on the Industrial Consultative Committee, which sounds daunting but it isn’t. It’s about having key messages to keep on track in meetings and so you can represent the views of your membership.”

Currently her Delegate role involves:

“At the moment we’re unclear what’s happening, with the introduction of the NDIA, so for me it’s trying to keep up the morale of the membership, as well as trying to get timelines and milestones from management so people can plan their futures and to get some ownership, rather than waiting and being told what to do. If people just sit around waiting, it can be very demoralising. Our union supports members by trying to get transparency around some of these processes.”

 

Ken HartDelegate Ken Hart

Work: Senior Project Manager, Department of Police and Emergency Management

One thing that Ken’s learnt in her Delegate role:

“One thing I’ve learnt is that it’s important to just be available to listen to people and point out what the union can do for them.”

Currently his Delegate role involves:

“At the moment the corporate services integration between DPEM and the Tasmanian Fire Service is keeping me busy. The project’s been going for eight or nine months but the communication about it has been appalling. They’ve sent out relocation maps and tell people they’re moving without saying they’ll be reorganised. There’s a whole lot of industrial issues that management haven’t been willing to talk about for a long time, but now they want to talk to unions but still go ahead with the relocations, which is the wrong way to go about it. As for consultation – until we have a clear change proposal we’re not really in a position to start discussions, from our perspective. In my role as a Delegate I’m talking to a whole lot of people who are dissatisfied for a whole lot of reasons. People are really quite uncertain.”