What Does A Delegate Do?
TWU NSW delegates are the men and women elected by their workmates to act as leaders in the yard and across the industry. Delegates weave together the strength of each member in the yard together to make a whole — a union that cannot be torn apart, no matter what the bosses or clients attempt.
Our delegates are central to the success and strength of TWU NSW. They are workplace leaders who lead in recruiting, representing and mobilising in their yards and their industries, and they uphold TWU NSW values in all of the work they do.
Being a delegate requires a commitment to continually work in support of your colleagues, to improve everyone’s working rights and conditions. Part of that commitment is attending delegate training, where you will gain the confidence of knowing you have the support of your fellow TWU NSW members.
What Is Delegate Training?
Delegate training is vital to ensure delegates have the skills and knowledge to allow them to be effective for their fellow members who they represent in the work place.
Members in your workplace will look to you for help and assistance, and often leadership on particular issues, as delegates are involved in all aspects of workplace change and reform. This means that you need to know your rights, how far you can push an issue, how to hold the boss accountable, and where to get support and help when you need it.
TWU NSW’s in-house delegate training caters to all levels of skill and experience, from intermediate to advanced, over 2 days in all of our TWU NSW branches.
Who will I be training with?
All training courses are run by our Director of Health, Safety and Member Education, Marija Marsic.
Marija is a highly qualified and skilled trainer, and works carefully to identify the different learning styles and personalities of everyone she trains, to ensure everyone has the best possible learning experience.
Marija is a Director on the Board of Directors for the Workers’ Health Centre and Industrial Health and Research Foundation. She also sits on various boards relating to health, safety and workers’ compensation with the Labor Council of NSW and the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Marija is a contributor to government submissions, and creates and edits safety-related materials for these organisations, as well as providing guidance, assistance and advice. Marija is also engaged by Unions NSW and other trade unions to facilitate their own staff training.
How Do I Become A Delegate?
For more information on becoming a TWU NSW delegates or co-delegate, speak to your TWU NSW official or call our Members’ Service Centre on 1800 729 909.