Training and Events – United Workers Union

Training and Events

Delegates Rights

A lot of delegates are entitled to paid training leave to attend courses. Check your agreement / award for your training leave entitlements. Phone the United Workers Union member help team on 1300 275 689 if you need assistance with your entitlements.

Become an activist

  • Does it matter to you when people aren’t treated well?
  • Do you think workers deserve to be treated fairly and respected?
  • Would you like to make your workplace safe and improve your wages and conditions?

If you answered YES… GET INVOLVED TODAY!

Activists and site delegates are the life blood of United Workers Union.

  • Become a contact for UWU at your workplace
  • Learn more about health and safety and workplace rights
  • How your workplace can win an agreement

If you want to get involved, phone your organiser or 1300 275 689, or email us at [email protected]

Health and Safety Rep Rights

Due to individual OHS legislation, your training rights vary in each state. Contact your Organiser or your state office to advise you on what to do.

Need to contact the Training Department? Click HERE to send an email or phone [03] 9287 1739

Upcoming Trainings & Events

Please select your state or territory below for details

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ACT     Training

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Upcoming Training Dates

  • No upcoming trainings

TRAINING DATES:

Click HERE to download the 2020 NSW DELEGATES training calendar / enrolment form [2 pages]
Click HERE for a BLANK ENROLMENT Form

Building a Strong Union – Stage 1 Delegates Course (4 days, in 2 parts)

NSW     Training

This 4 day course is essential learning for all NEW or existing union delegates who have NOT yet done any training.  Sessions include role and rights of the delegate, union values, communication, workplace laws and inductions. Delegates will learn new ways to help resolve workplace problems, build union membership and create a vibrant and active union

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 12, 13 & 26, 27 February 2020 [4 day course] – GRANVILLE
  • 11, 12 & 25, 26 March 2020 [4 day course] – GRANVILLE
  • 07, 08 & 21, 22 April 2020 [4 day course] – GRANVILLE
  • 13, 14 & 27, 28 May 2020 [4 day course] – GRANVILLE
  • 10, 11 & 24, 25 June 2020 [4 day course] – GRANVILLE

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NT     Training

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Upcoming Training Dates

  • No upcoming trainings

TRAINING DATES:

Click HERE to download the 2020 QLD DELEGATES training calendar / enrolment form [2 pages]
Click HERE for a BLANK ENROLMENT Form

Delegates Intro Course (3 days, in 2 parts)

QLD    Training

This 3 day course is essential learning for all NEW or existing union delegates who have NOT yet done any training.  Sessions include role and rights of the delegate, union values, communication, workplace laws and inductions. Delegates will learn new ways to help resolve workplace problems, build union membership and create a vibrant and active union

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 18, 19 February & 13 March 2020 [3 day course]  –  SOUTH BRISBANE
  • 25, 26 February & 20 March 2020 [3 day course]  –  COOMERA EAST
  • 03, 04 March & 27 March 2020 [3 day course]  –  BIRTINYA
  • 10, 11 March & 03 April 2020 [3 day course]  –  SOUTH BRISBANE
  • 16, 17 March & 01 April 2020 [3 day course]  –  CAIRNS
  • 18, 19 March & 02 April 2020 [3 day course] – TOWNSVILLE
  • 24, 25 March & 23 April 2020 [3 day course]  –  SOUTH BRISBANE
  • 21, 22 April & 08 May 2020 [3 day course]  –  SOUTH BRISBANE
  • 28, 29 April & 14 May 2020 [3 day course]  –  TOOWOOMBA
  • 12, 13 May & 03 June 2020 [3 day course]  –  ROCKHAMPTON
  • 19, 20 May & 12 June 2020 [3 day course]  –  SOUTH BRISBANE
  • 26, 27 May & 18 June 2020 [3 day course]  –  MACKAY
  • 02, 03 June & 24 June 2020 [3 day course]  –  WIDE BAY
  • 09, 10 June & 26 June 2020 [3 day course]  –  COOMERA EAST
  • 16, 17 June & 14 July 2020 [3 day course]  –  SOUTH BRISBANE
  • 23, 24 June & 29 July 2020 [3 day course]  –  TOOWOOMBA

TRAINING DATES:

Click to HERE download the 2020 SA DELEGATES training calendar / enrolment form [2 pages]
Click HERE for a BLANK ENROLMENT Form

Building a Strong Union – Stage 1 Delegates Course (4 days, in 2 parts)

SA     Training

This 4 day course is essential learning for all NEW or existing union delegates who have NOT yet done any training.  Sessions include role and rights of the delegate, union values, communication, workplace laws and inductions. Delegates will learn new ways to help resolve workplace problems, build union membership and create a vibrant and active union

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 01, 02 & 22, 23 April 2020 [4 day course] – MILE END
  • 09, 10 & 23, 24 June 2020 [4 day course] – MILE END

TRAINING DATES:

Click HERE to download the 2020 VIC DELEGATES training calendar / enrolment form [2 pages]
Click HERE for a BLANK ENROLMENT Form

HSR Training (5 day introductory course)

TAS    Training

Unions Tasmania is a respected and experienced provider of health and safety training. We bring health and safety representatives (HSRs) together from across industries to learn from us and each other.

This is our first training course for new HSRs for 2020. To obtain a registration form, please contact the Unions Tasmania Administration team on (03) 6216 7600, email [email protected], or visit the facebook event for this training.

Remember: HSRs are entitled to attend a 5 day training course to learn all about their role, rights and responsibilities. As the HSR, you have the right to choose us as your training provider, in consultation with your employer

Upcoming Training Dates

  • March 2 – 6 [5 day course] – 212 Liverpool Street, Hobart

UWU Stage 1 Delegates Training (4 days, in 2 parts)

TAS    Training

This 4 day course is essential learning for all NEW or existing union delegates who have NOT yet done any training.  Sessions include role and rights of the delegate, union values, communication, workplace laws and inductions. Delegates will learn new ways to help resolve workplace problems, build union membership and create a vibrant and active union

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 18,19 March & 8,9 April 2020 [4 day course] – HOBART

TRAINING DATES:

Click HERE to download the 2020 VIC DELEGATES training calendar / enrolment form [2 pages]
Click HERE to download the 2020 VIC HSRs training calendar / enrolment form [2 pages]
Click HERE for a BLANK ENROLMENT Form

Building a Strong Union – Stage 1 Delegates Course (4 days, in 2 parts)

VIC     Training

This 4 day course is essential learning for all NEW or existing union delegates who have NOT yet done any training.  Sessions include role and rights of the delegate, union values, communication, workplace laws and inductions. Delegates will learn new ways to help resolve workplace problems, build union membership and create a vibrant and active union

 

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 04, 05 & 18, 19 February 2020 [4 day course]  –  UWU Docklands
  • 03, 04 & 17, 18 March 2020 [4 day course]  –  UWU Docklands
  • 31 March, & 01, 21, 22 April 2020 [4 day course]  –  UWU Docklands
  • 13, 14, & 27, 28 May 2020 [4 day course]  –  UWU Docklands
  • 02, 03 & 16, 17 June 2020 [4 day course]  –  UWU Docklands

HSR Initial Occupational Health & Safety Training Courses

VIC     Training

Elected HSRs / Deputy HSRs can attend WorkSafe approved training per S67 of the OHS Act 2004. You have the right to choose which course you attend in consultation with your employer.  If your employer does not agree to your attendance on an approved course,  contact your organiser or UWU Training PH 03 9287 1739.  This course is WorkSafe Vic approved under s67 of the OHS Act 2004

Cost [paid by your employer]:
UWU member or other affiliated union $915
Non Member $1800

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 25, 26, 27 February & 10, 11 March 2020 [5 day course]  –   UWU Docklands
  • 07, 08, 09 April & 05, 06 May 2020 [5 day course]   –  UWU  Docklands
  • 02, 03, 04 June & 23, 24 June 2020  [5 day course]   –  UWU  Docklands
  • 08, 09, 10 September & 29, 30 September 2020 [5 day course]  –  UWU Docklands
  • 06, 07, 08 October & 20, 21 October 2020 [5 day course] –  UWU Docklands
  • 10, 11, 12 November & 01, 02 December 2020 [5 day course] –  UWU Docklands

HSR Refresher Occupational Health & Safety Training Courses

VIC     Training

Elected HSRs / Deputy HSRs can attend WorkSafe approved training per S67 of the OHS Act 2004.  You have the right to choose which course you attend in consultation with your employer.  If your employer does not agree to your attendance on an approved course, contact your Organiser or UWU Training PH 03 9287 1739.  This course is WorkSafe Vic approved under s67 of the OHS Act 2004.

A one day update for HSRs with a focus on Manual Handling.

Cost [paid by your employer]:
NUW member or other affiliated union $300
Non members $600

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 12 March 2020  –   UWU Docklands
  • 25 June 2020   –  UWU Docklands
  • 01 October 2020   –  UWU Docklands
  • 03 December 2020   –  UWU Docklands

Injury & Return to Work

VIC     Training

This 1 day course is for Delegates & HSRs to help in providing advice and support for injured members in the workplace. If you deal with a lot of WorkCover related questions or issues, then this course is for you

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 30 April 2020  –   UWU Docklands
  • 03 September 2020  –  UWU Docklands

Special Events

VIC     Training

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Upcoming Training Dates

  • No upcoming events

TRAINING DATES:

Click HERE to download the 2020 WA DELEGATES training calendar / enrolment form [2 pages]

Introductory Delegates Course: 2 Days

WA     Training

This course is mandatory for new delegates. It provides an overview of the various functions and activities that a delegate may perform. The course will provide you with

a broad range of skills, essential tools and knowledge that will assist you greatly in your new role as a delegate.

Topics include:

  • Building power in your workplace
  • Recruiting new members
  • Understanding union structures
  • Representing members and understanding your Agreement/Award.

 

Advanced Delegates Course: 2 Days

WA     Training

This course is aimed at delegates who have already completed the introductory course and have some experience as a delegate. It expands on the skills and knowledge presented in the Introductory Course and provides delegates with additional skills and knowledge that will broaden their role within the workplace.

Topics include:

  • Strategies and tactics for representing members
  • Moving members to action
  • Problem solving skills

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 10, 11 March 2020 [2 day Introductory course] – PERTH
  • 19, 20 May 2020 [2 day Introductory course] – PERTH

 

  • 25, 26 March 2020 [2 day Advanced course] – PERTH
  • 17, 18 June 2020 [2 day Advanced course] – PERTH

Additional Information & Resources

We stand together as members united as a great movement of workers.

We pledge to stand truly by each other, and we will never let anyone divide us because of where we come from, what we look like, how we are employed or who we choose to love.

Our solidarity is our power. Solidarity forever.

BUILDING A CULTURE OF RESPECT, INCLUSION AND EQUAL PARTICIPATION IN UNITED WORKERS UNION TRAINING 

United Workers Union (UWU) is a large national organisation that works everyday to ensure that change is driven by and for workers. We operate across industries in all four corners of Australia to ensure that every worker counts and that workers have knowledge about their rights at work and the support they need to build their power at work and in their communities.

We recognise that our strength comes from workers taking the lead and driving campaigns from their sites, from the streets and across borders. We strive to build a culture where each worker is listened to, valued and aware of their power as a worker – therefore the spaces where we learn, share stories and build solidarity are respectful and safe, so that every voice is heard.

This statement of solidarity and values provides guidelines for UWU members taking part in the essential training and development courses and outlines how we respect and treat each other in the training space.

 

Application of the Statement of Solidarity 

The Statement of Solidarity applies to any participant engaged in any training program or training related activity run by United Workers Union.

Training and training related activities are those delivered by UWU, including but not limited to:

  1. Training courses, workshops and meetings facilitated by UWU trainers, whether delivered face-to- face, online or via electronic communication; and
  2. Large scale conferences, mass meetings and activities within the broader union movement

 

Obligations of members and participants in the training room

This Statement of Solidarity is available to all members taking part in training via the training page of the UWU website. Hard copies may also be made available to all members and delegates.

A Solidarity Statement – as outlined in Appendix A will be circulated at all training and conferences as part of ensuring that our values are embedded and integrated into all training rooms and meetings.

Every member will be made aware of their responsibility to abide by this Statement of Solidarity at the beginning of training courses and is encouraged to become familiar with its contents.

UWU expects all participants to observe the standards set out in the Solidarity Statement, and non-compliance may result in a course of action, including but not limited to suspension or  expulsion from training courses or activities.

Every member has a right to express themselves freely and to exercise that right in the training room and in our union. The purpose of all training is to allow workers to express their lived experiences and to share this with other members and participants, enhance their knowledge and experience through sharing their stories and information and to build solidarity and respect by open and honest engagement and practise.

This statement must be interpreted and applied in a way which balances the right for participants to express themselves honestly and openly with the right to ensure that all participants are treated with respect and solidarity.

It is the trainers role in the training room to facilitate training to ensure that these rights are balanced and that there is a positive and respectful learning environment for all participants.

 

United Workers Union Member Statement of Solidarity

 

This Statement of Solidarity provides an overview of how members should behave to create a safe and respectful space during activities. It sets out the standards of behaviour and the values that union members are expected to foster while learning. Every union member is encouraged to keep in mind the purpose of our movement while training, and show solidarity in supporting each other; listening actively and playing a full part in the activities that help us build power and support workers.

Members are expected to observe the following standards:

  1. Show courtesy, consideration and respect for each other.
  2. Adhere to and promote the union values of democracy, equality, fairness, human rights and inclusivity.
  3. Promote the principles of social justice by opposing prejudice, injustice and dishonesty.
  4. Promote dignity and respect for others by avoiding behavior which is, or might reasonably be perceived as harassing, bullying or intimidating.
  5. Maintain and develop comradely relationships with other members, training staff and any guests or visitors.
  6. Accommodate and tolerate different opinions and perspectives, and sort out disagreements by rational and respectful discussion, and without criticism.
  7. Show respect for diversity and not abuse, vilify or belittle any other person.
  8. Respect the right of all members to engage in work and learning without disruptive interruption.
  9. Act with integrity and refrain from dishonest behavior, including (but not limited to) cheating or committing plagiarism, contravening copyright laws, stealing, or taking without permission any property belonging to another person, or breaching the privacy of others.
  10. Follow attendance requirements and observe punctuality for all activities.

 

Resolution of member grievances 

This policy applies to all UWU members taking part in training and training related activities.  We believe that maintaining a positive relationship between trainers and members, and between members taking part, is essential; therefore any workplace issues that arise during training activities should not go unresolved

Every member is encouraged to raise their grievance or concern, regardless of whether it is related to course content or the conduct of a person taking part. Our aim is to resolve grievances through discussion and co-operation to prevent confrontation and disputes avoid interruptions to training and work and ensure complaints are appropriately managed.

 

UWU Informal Grievance Procedure 

  1. Where you feel comfortable about doing so, you may make the person with whom you have a grievance aware of your concerns, for example, by advising that a particular behaviour is inappropriate or offensive and requesting that it stop.
  2. If you don’t feel comfortable with a direct approach, or if you have been unable to resolve the issue this way, the next step is to discuss the concern with the UWU trainer or organiser. They will then will discuss the grievance confidentially with you and consider it in relation to any other relevant policies.
  3. Trainers can also, where appropriate, commence a resolution process (including mediation) to resolve issues between the affected parties and will ensure our solidarity statement is reset and explained in the training room.
  4. Where a grievance cannot be resolved through mediation, or if the person dealing with your grievance considers it necessary, the matter may be dealt with formally.

 

UWU Formal Grievance Procedure 

  1. Following the initial discussion, the relevant trainer will investigate the grievance confidentially and gather any relevant information needed.
  2. The grievance will be investigated in a manner which is reasonable and proportionate to the circumstances and the seriousness of the grievance.
  3. Once a grievance has been investigated, the person conducting the investigation will use their findings to make some conclusions about what has occurred and how it can be resolved.
  4. Ideally, resolutions to grievances should have the agreement of all the parties involved. However, agreement by itself is not the criteria for a satisfactory resolution to a grievance. The relevant industry organisers and training leads will decide on an appropriate course of action, if any, to be taken to close out the grievance.
  5. Such a course of action may include a participant being counselled, disqualified from training enrolment and/or the cancellation of participation in future training activities. Members who wish to appeal any decision made may do so by requesting, in writing, as soon as possible.

 

Principles guiding UWU’s grievance policy 

In most circumstances, only the people directly involved in making or investigating a grievance will have access to information about the grievance. However, depending on the nature of the grievance, it may be necessary for information to be disclosed to other organisers (for example, as part of the investigation process) and training leads to ensure that appropriate action is taken.

The grievance procedure is impartial. All parties involved will have a chance to tell their side of the story and no action will be taken until all the relevant information has been considered.

The procedure will be timely. We aim to resolve all grievances as quickly as reasonably possible.

You will not be victimised or treated unfairly for raising a grievance or helping another person to raise a grievance.

You may wish to have someone present during any of the steps of the procedure, such as a delegate, friend or family member. However, a support person should not be someone who may be involved or might have a conflict of interest. It might also be necessary for UWU to notify the employer of the participants about the investigation, the outcome of the investigation and/or any action to be taken by UWU arising from the investigation.

It is a matter for the person’s employer whether any further disciplinary action will be taken, and if so, this should be in accordance with the employer’s disciplinary procedures.

It is important to keep written records during the grievance procedure and treat them as confidential. Any notes taken by UWU for their purpose of conducting an investigation are confidential and will not, unless agreed otherwise, be provided to any person.

 

Appendix A – Solidarity Statement (to be included in all training courses)

United Workers Union Solidarity Statement

We stand together as members united as a great movement of workers.

We feed you, educate you, take care of you and store and make the goods you need.

Without us everything stops.

We are the working class, fighting side by side in one big union.

Our solidarity is our power.

We come here from all over the world, we represent all different types of communities and we speak hundreds of languages.

We fight to give every worker a voice at work and in our communities.

Every worker regardless of race, gender, religion, occupation or employment status counts.

In our union everyone is equal.

Our diversity is our strength.

We respect and take care of each other.

We pledge to stand truly by each other, and we will never let anyone divide us because of where we come from, what we look like, how we are employed or who we choose to love.

And in our union there will no place for sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia or any other hatred or bullying which builds walls between workers.

We will fight for respect until every worker counts.

Our respect for each other builds real power.

We constantly struggle to build power at work, in our industries and in our communities.

We want our workplaces run for the benefit of workers and communities rather than for a handful of bosses and executives.

We will take direct action everywhere and anywhere to defend our rights and build a union which will win justice, fairness, equality and dignity for all.

 

Solidarity forever.

 

Shorter version:

We stand together as members united as a great movement of workers.

We pledge to stand truly by each other, and we will never let anyone divide us because of where we come from, what we look like, how we are employed or who we choose to love. Our solidarity is our power. Solidarity forever.

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