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APPLICATION PACKAGE: Union Organiser January 2011 Intake
Dear applicant, Thank you for your interest in the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union Victorian Branch. This application package contains information about LHMU, along with the relevant Selection Criteria for the Union Organiser position. If you would like the opportunity to join our committed team in creating a fairer, better society then the following pages will outline who we are. If you have the relevant skills, knowledge and experience to address the Selection Criteria and a passion for social justice, we encourage you to submit an application. If you have any questions or comments about the information you have received, please contact Sarah Hoskin via email: firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to receiving your application.
Jess Walsh Branch Secretary LHMU Victoria
220.127.116.11.1. Working for the LHMU 4.6.2. Motor Vehicle Allowance 4. The Application process 6. Superannuation 5. Cover Letter 6. Annual Leave 4.4. Position Description 3. Deadline Page 2 of 9 . Experienced Applicants 4. FAQs about the role 4.3. LHMU Overview 1. Our History 2.3.5. Conditions of Employment 4. Proforma 6. Who we are and what we do 1.What is included in this application package? 1.4. Referees 6. Our Structure 1. (Curriculum Vitae) Résumé 6.1. Starting Salary 4. Preparing and Submitting your application 6.5.
Cleaning.1. Page 3 of 9 . LHMU is also affiliated with the Australian Labor Party. Our History LHMU traces its history back through over 100 years of fighting to improve workers’ lives.2.3. and are passionate about organising to achieve positive social change based on the values of fairness. Ambulance and Security. Casino. community and in politics. and plays an active role within the ACTU – the peak body representing all union members across Australia. LHMU members are people of diverse races. We are an active union in the workplace. More than ever. researchers and web activists. each State and Territory in Australia has its own branch. united by our belief in the dignity of workers and the right to fair and just treatment at work. LHMU is affiliated to. The main industry groups in Victoria are Childcare. LHMU branches are run by members through a Branch Executive and Branch Council. supported and coordinated through a national office in Sydney. Who we are and what we do The Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU) is a union organisation of over 120. Today. Many different unions have come together over the years to form the present day LHMU and the benefits we all enjoy today were won by the collective struggle of workers who came before us. compassion and equity. genders and ages and do essential work in hundreds of different industries. 1. 1.000 Australian workers. Members are elected to positions on these committees by their fellow workers. This relationship aims to ensure that the concerns of our members are heard and acted upon in government with our members regularly meeting with ministers and politicians to discuss the critical but often undervalued work we do. LHMU Overview 1. Manufacturing. industrial officers and in our campaign unit of journalists. Dedicated full-time officials in each branch are hired to work as organisers. we should remember and take courage from the lessons of our history: workers who stand together can achieve amazing things. All too often we are faced with an ideology of greed that creates individual wealth for the few and poverty for many. Our Structure While LHMU is a national union. sectors and occupations.1. the union movement is at a critical turning point. Hotels.
and organising and conducting industry-wide campaigns. developing activism and leadership amongst existing members. They do this by communicating the vision of the union to the workers. Union Organisers work in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment. Duties Drive to work sites and converse with members and non members to establish and maintain relationships Work the hours when it is best to talk with members and non-members – this sometimes includes nights and weekends Talk with members in a variety of settings including worksites. Position Description Position Title Position Reports to: Union Organiser Lead Organiser Overview of position Union Organisers are employed to build the union and help workers realize and exercise their power as a collective.2. homes. knowledge and abilities Demonstrated commitment to union values and social justice Good conversation skills and rapport with a range of people Ability to take feedback and instruction Valid driver’s licence now or soon Page 4 of 9 . recruiting new members. Each organiser is placed in an industry team where they work under the supervision of a Lead Organiser. meeting places and on the phone to inspire them to participate in campaigns Identify and develop the skills of delegates and workplace leaders Work with member leaders to mobilise members to take collective action Coordinate and attend member rallies and actions Maintain up-to-date information about workplaces and members you are responsible for Attend regular team meetings and report progress to Team Leader Participate in the union’s political and social justice agenda Selection Criteria: Essential skills.
often via an elected group of members who form a negotiating team. should I apply? Yes. knowledge and abilities Ability to speak community languages 3. Usually. Frequently Asked Questions about the Position I’ve read the duties but what does an organiser do on a daily basis? Most days organisers drive to workplaces to meet and talk with members and potential members of the union. this job is probably not for you. members want to make an agreement with Page 5 of 9 . in their homes. we encourage experienced unionists to apply as well as those with no experience. However. Members take their solutions to their employers. organisers talk to workers on the phone. Sometimes we have to react quickly to events and unpredictable hours can be required. The best way to build the union is by talking face to face. Most of the time. including some early mornings or late nights and some weekend days. What kind of hours are involved? Organisers need to talk with workers at different times of the day and week. That includes some nights and weekends. Campaigns start with members talking about problems and potential solutions in their industries.In possession of own vehicle now or soon Ability to work the hours when it is best to talk to workers. How do campaigns work? Campaigns are workers coming together to convince employers to make change in their jobs. Conversations are always about how to win change in our industries by joining up to the union and becoming a leader in our campaigns. A strong union has a big. and work with strong members to become leaders. Organisers aim to join up non-members to the union. What is the purpose of all these conversations? The union is its members. Sometimes. meet with their teams and Lead organiser and track the progress of their visits. If I already have experience in the union movement. If you are unable to work some shift work. committed membership. shift work can be planned well in advance and we take into account people’s commitments outside work. Organisers then return to the office. including some nights and weekends Selection Criteria: Desirable skills. this is a campaign environment. or in meeting places like coffee shops.
To do this job. To gain this support it is important for the LHMU to maintain these relationships. Campaign actions include rallies and marches. community pressure. we make every effort to be flexible in return so that organisers can meet their home. On some occasions.their employers that contains their solutions. social and community needs and responsibilities. They help members become union leaders and delegates. and have become rights that are locked into union agreements with industry. you need to be willing and able to work hard when it’s needed. The role of an Organiser is to get to the workers and industries to this point. How hard do you have to work? Campaigns can be intense when there is a lot of action going on. Our best organisers come from different backgrounds – some were union delegates themselves. What opportunities are there for promotion? The career path for Organisers is: i) Organiser ii) Advanced Organiser iii) Senior Organiser and iv) Lead Organiser. Organisers work to defend rights at work. more respect from employers. Often it takes a lot of different campaign actions and strategies to win such agreements. industrial officers then help enforce these agreements by giving advice over the phone. Once these changes have been won. media events. meeting with members and employers. what is meant by ‘participate in the union’s political and social justice agenda’? One of the reasons why our campaigns are successful is because of the support we gain from community organisations and political leaders. What makes a good organiser? Our best organisers are confident at joining workers up to the union. and web-campaigning. Because we need you to be able to work flexibly. strikes. I thought unions dealt with peoples work issues and problems? Organisers work with members to build a strong union and win change across our industries – changes like better pay. This not only helps us maintain our relationships but also shows us as a strong and active presence in the community. They are great at encouraging our members to stand up. At LHMU Victoria we sometimes do this by asking our officials to attend political functions or help throughout the year with events like Clean Up Australia day. Under the duties in the position description. Our best organisers want members to win. a campaign might need extra work at short notice. and better recognition of our skills. raise up standards and win new rights. Page 6 of 9 . and are proud and happy when they do. and sometimes going to Fair Work Australia. some are university graduates who want to change the world.
Conditions of Employment Union employment is subject to the provisions of the LHMU National Conditions of Employment (Victorian Schedule) and LHMU policies and procedures. Working for the LHMU 4. Organisers’ pay is adjusted to the next salary level with the anniversary of each year of service to the union.4. 4.2. there are opportunities to be promoted to participate in an advanced program. organisers progress through a pay structure.000 per annum.977. It will outline your rights and responsibilities in relation to the vehicle allowance. Each year. A Motor Vehicle policy will be issued to you on commencement of your employment with us.83 per annum. For example. In addition.00pm. we will seek to recognise your experience in our starting salary. Experienced Applicants If you have relevant career experience. which attract pay increases. You will be required to provide your own vehicle. 4.400.00am and 5. Motor Vehicle Allowance As part of your salary package you will be entitled to a motor vehicle allowance of $12. 4.428.3.83 per annum will progress.1. Page 7 of 9 .4.00 per annum to cover the costs associated with driving to and from worksites. after one year of service. The starting salary for the role of a Union Organiser in the Victorian Branch is AUD ($) 43. which rewards their growing experience. to $45. The ongoing employment of all staff in the Victorian Branch is subject to meeting performance standards during an initial three months probationary period. an official who begins at $43. and a senior organiser program. After five years of service the salary is around $52.977. Starting Salary This role is a salaried position with the expectation that the incumbent will work outside the standard working hours of 9. Weekend work is also required at times.
providing a brief statement outlining your experience. 6. 4. Preparing and Submitting your application Applications should be typed and must consist of: A Cover letter Your curriculum vitae (résumé) The name and contact details of two referees A completed proforma application 6.6. care of the Executive Assistant Applicants will receive an email confirming that we have received the application Applications are reviewed Shortlisted applicants will be called and invited to attend a group interview Shortlisted applicants from the group interview will be called and invited to attend an individual interview. They must reply in writing (via email) to accept the offer and the conditions as outlined in the letter prior to commencement. Page 8 of 9 . All unsuccessful applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application via email. 5. and the desired if applicable. skills and knowledge.1. LHMU offers its officials 6 weeks annual leave per annum with leave loading of 25%. Superannuation A total of 12% superannuation is paid by the LHMU. When preparing your cover letter please address the essential selection criteria.au An application pack is emailed back within 5 business days Applications are sent to Jess Walsh.4. Cover letter The selection criteria will specify the minimum competencies required for the position. This process is as follows: Interested applicants send an email expressing their interest in the position to jobsforjustice@lhmu. Successful applicants from the individual interviews will be called and offered the job and sent an appointment letter.5. The Application Process At LHMU Victoria there is a set process applications go through before an offer of employment is made. Annual Leave As a Union Organiser’s working hours are unpredictable and sometimes long.org.
post or in person: Email: email@example.com. Referees Please provide the name and current contact details of two referees. 6. Referees should not be related to you and should be able to demonstrate your suitability for the position 6. Curriculum Vitae Your curriculum vitae (résumé) should include: Your personal details A summary of relevant work history Education and training achievement. Page 9 of 9 .au Post or in person: Jess Walsh c/o Sarah Hoskin 117-131 Capel Street.4. Deadline Applications should be addressed to Jess Walsh care of Sarah Hoskin and can be submitted via email.Claims against Selection Criteria are to be no longer than two pages.5.org. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made. North Melbourne VIC 3051 Applications close Monday 22nd October 5pm. 6. 6. including any you are currently undertaking Any activities you have undertaken outside of work which are relevant to your application and the Union movement. Proforma Please fill in the attached proforma application and submit with your application.2.
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