WANTED: NTEU INDIGENOUS UNION DELEGATES!
Indigenous representation within industry unions is critical to the establishment of an independent and autonomous Indigenous voice. Only then can we tackle the inequities that currently exist in Indigenous education and employment. Until we focus our efforts to eliminate extreme workloads, low staffing levels and short term contracts as a matter of priority, Indigenous education and employment will continue to suffer.
To bring about some real change, we need to accept the responsibility, that as Indigenous people, employees and educators, we are best placed to identify the issues, and as such it is our responsibility to be involved in the decision-making processes that affect Indigenous employment and education.
The NTEU has allocated one identified Indigenous position on each Branch and Division committee nationally. Only NTEU Indigenous members are eligible to vote or nominate for these positions.
As an Indigenous union delegate, you have the right under the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to negotiate the development of Indigenous employment strategies in your institution. Any such strategies developed without your involvement can be deemed null and void and subject to re-negotiation.
The NTEU National Office, together with the State and Territory Divisions and Branches, are committed to provide Indigenous union delegates with Industrial & Administrative support on request and will deliver any Union skills training you require. You will also be entitled to participate at the NTEU National Indigenous Forum as well as stand for a seat on the Indigenous Policy Committee (IPC), which also provides support for delegates through its membership and Indigenous policy.
For more information on Indigenous Unionism contact:
National Indigenous Co-ordinator
NTEU National Office
Ph 03 9254 1910
Fax 03 92541915