Ever wondered what happens in our AEU ACT Branch Office? If you're a female-identifying AEU member, here's your opportunity to find out! The 2015 Anna Stewart Program, which will be held between October 31 to November 4 (Week 4, Term 4), will give you a glimpse into union organising. You can complete your expression of interest by clicking here.
Each year the AEU ACT Branch invites female AEU members to step out of their school or workplace and into the AEU office. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the AEU structure, operations, and the basics of organising and campaigning.
Anna Stewart Officers are encouraged to pursue a range of activities over the period of one week, which could include:
- Shadowing Union Organisers in their day-to day work,
- Assisting with union activities, campaigns and policy development,
- Attending meetings with ETD,
- Attending school/sub-branch/Executive/Council/UnionsACT meetings,
- Preparing ACT Educator articles,
- Researching issues of concern to women, and
- Conducting a project that would benefit AEU women.
The Anna Stewart Officer is eligible to take paid industrial leave for the week you spend in the AEU office. Casual relief teachers are also invited to apply and if you are successful, we will negotiate suitable arrangements.
You can complete an expression of interest by clicking this link. Please submit your EOI by Friday, 9th September. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jacqui Agius (6272 7900 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Who was Anna Stewart?
Anna Stewart, was a former journalist and active Victorian union official from 1974 to 1983. Anna died tragically in 1983, aged 35. Her involvement with the union movement began at a time when women workers comprised one third of the paid workforce, but the few industries in which women were employed offered jobs that were poorly paid, and lacked job security, flexibility, skills recognition and paid maternity leave.
Anna emphasised the key demand made by the ACTU Working Women’s Charter for increased involvement of women within the structures of the union movement. The AEU ACT Branch supports Anna’s legacy by providing an opportunity for a female member to work in the AEU office, in a shadowing role, on an annual basis.