In the wake of seven thousand school attendant jobs being threatened in NSW, United Voice members Rob Terry and Greg Bartels hit the road in Tasmania.
Along with United Voice organiser Trina, they visited EFAs at 62 different schools to talk about secure employment in Tasmania and plan with members in the lead up to the expiration of their job security agreement next year.
"On our journeys, we met some wonderful union members, people that work hard, people that are passionate about their job, people that like to laugh and have a good time, people that are just like us. People that deserve a job that they can count on... The same message came through: full-time jobs gone, and replaced with short-term contracts. Some schools seem to use the contracts as a way to manipulate the staff to be compliant…" - Greg Bartels
On this United Voice road trip, a member-only survey was distributed to identify such issues. This will be sent out to any members who haven’t yet received it. Rob, Trina, and Greg also discussed the actions EFAs must take now to secure their jobs next year: grow their membership and nominate leaders.
"Stepping up to do this for my fellow union members has been a rewarding experience… I’d encourage anybody thinking about becoming a leader in our union, to do it now rather than later!" - Rob Terry
As a change in government is happening on March the 3rd 2018, this is a big opportunity for EFAs to win real job security. So, if you know an EFA who isn’t yet a member, forward them this article so they can join today. And make sure that you join the Facebook Group for Tasmanian EFAs, so that you can stay in the loop and hear more about how you can be involved in the job security campaign.