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

TRAINING DATES:

Click HERE to enrol ONLINE for any of our 2021 Delegates or HSR Training Dates in the States Below. The link will ask you for the State, Course and Date you prefer as well as your member details.

Building Power and Unity – Stage 1 Delegates Course (2, 3 and 4 day course)

ACT     Training

The two-day Building Power course will discuss what it means to be union and the role of our delegate and leaders in building power and winning for members. On this course delegates will also learn about their rights at work, understanding mapping and practising communication skills that build both power and unity.

The three- and four-day course will focus on all of the above and will include a workplace project. It will also include sessions on representing members and issue resolution and how to get members active on site. It will also include more advanced communication skills and mapping skills that will teach delegates how to build strong and inclusive workplaces and how to identify new delegates and leaders.

Upcoming Training Dates

  • More dates to be announced

TRAINING DATES:

Click HERE to enrol ONLINE.

Building Power and Unity – Stage 1 Delegates Course (2, 3 and 4 day course)

NSW     Training

The two-day Building Power course will discuss what it means to be union and the role of our delegate and leaders in building power and winning for members. On this course delegates will also learn about their rights at work, understanding mapping and practising communication skills that build both power and unity.

The three- and four-day course will focus on all of the above and will include a workplace project. It will also include sessions on representing members and issue resolution and how to get members active on site. It will also include more advanced communication skills and mapping skills that will teach delegates how to build strong and inclusive workplaces and how to identify new delegates and leaders.

 

Representation and Rights

NSW     Training

“Representation and Rights” is a course for delegates /leaders, potential activists and rank and file members of the United Workers Union.
This content is also covered in the Building Power and Unity 3 and 4 day course.

What will the course teach delegates to do?
The purpose is to build sustainable sites where delegates and leaders can deal with disciplinary and grievances. Sessions will include identifying individual and collective issues and rights to representation and fair process and how to represent workers, gain support and win on the ground.

Who can attend:
This course is open for all UWU delegates and leaders and any UWU member/activist. Its best for delegates who have a lot of disciplinary and grievance issues and who want to learn about how to use issues to organise, fight and win.

Prerequisites: Attended two-day Building Power course (or any previous foundational UWU course)

 

Getting Started in Safety – Injury/Return to Work

NSW     Training

A one day “Injury and Return to Work course” as part of a series of Getting Started in Safety modules.

What will the course cover?
The purpose is to build sustainable sites where delegates and leaders can deal with local issues around injury and return to work. This course will cover both rights of injured workers, representation, how to organise around safety.

Who can attend:
This course is open for all UWU delegates and leaders and any UWU member/activist. Its best for delegates who have a lot of injury related grievances and representations and who want to learn about how to use issues to organise, fight and win

Prerequisites: must have attended the two-day Building Power course

 

Health and Safety Courses (Approved by Regulator)

NSW     Training

Elected HSRs have significant rights and powers. They have paid time to speak with workers and investigate risks, and once they have completed initial training, they have the power to issue and improvement notice or a cease work order that an employer must comply with.

Our HSR courses are approved by the regulator and elected HSRs have the right to attend that training on paid time, and the employer must pay for the course costs.

Who can attend:
Initial 5 day training – Any HSR can attend this course once during their three year term as HSR (after re-election a HSR has the right to attend the five day course again.)

1 Day HSR Refresher – Any elected HSR can attend once per year, starting 12 months after completing the initial course.

Prerequisites: Being an elected HSR (not appointed by the employer)

Cost:

 

 

 

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 13, 14 & 26 May 2021 (Parramatta)
  • 17 & 18 June 2021 (Parramatta)
  • 10, 11 & 25 August 2021 (Parramatta)
  • 09 & 10 September 2021 (Glebe)
  • 06, 07 & 21 October 2021 (Parramatta)
  • 03 & 04 November 2021 (Parramatta)

 

 

 

 

  • 12 May 2021 – Parramatta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 16 June 2021 (Parramatta)
  • 20 October 2021 (Glebe)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health and Safety Initial Training Courses (Parramatta – 5 Day)

  • 12, 13, 14 July & 03, 04 August 2021
  • 06, 07, 08 & 28, 29 September 2021
  • 15, 16, 17 November & 07, 08 December 2021

 

 

Health and Safety Refresher Training Courses (Parramatta – 1 Day)

  • 12 October 2021
  • 23 November 2021

 

TRAINING DATES:

Click HERE to enrol ONLINE.

Building Power and Unity – Stage 1 Delegates Course (2, 3 and 4 day course)

NT     Training

The two-day Building Power course will discuss what it means to be union and the role of our delegate and leaders in building power and winning for members. On this course delegates will also learn about their rights at work, understanding mapping and practising communication skills that build both power and unity.

The three- and four-day course will focus on all of the above and will include a workplace project. It will also include sessions on representing members and issue resolution and how to get members active on site. It will also include more advanced communication skills and mapping skills that will teach delegates how to build strong and inclusive workplaces and how to identify new delegates and leaders.

Upcoming Training Dates

  • More dates to be announced

TRAINING DATES:

Click HERE to enrol ONLINE.

Building Power and Unity – Stage 1 Delegates Course (2, 3 and 4 day course)

QLD    Training

The two-day Building Power course will discuss what it means to be union and the role of our delegate and leaders in building power and winning for members. On this course delegates will also learn about their rights at work, understanding mapping and practising communication skills that build both power and unity.

The three- and four-day course will focus on all of the above and will include a workplace project. It will also include sessions on representing members and issue resolution and how to get members active on site. It will also include more advanced communication skills and mapping skills that will teach delegates how to build strong and inclusive workplaces and how to identify new delegates and leaders.

 

 

 

 

 

Representation and Rights

QLD    Training

“Representation and Rights” is a course for delegates /leaders, potential activists and rank and file members of the United Workers Union.
This content is also covered in the Building Power and Unity 3 and 4 day course.
What will the course teach delegates to do?
The purpose is to build sustainable sites where delegates and leaders can deal with disciplinary and grievances. Sessions will include identifying individual and collective issues and rights to representation and fair process and how to represent workers, gain support and win on the ground.
Who can attend:
This course is open for all UWU delegates and leaders and any UWU member/activist. Its best for delegates who have a lot of disciplinary and grievance issues and who want to learn about how to use issues to organise, fight and win.
Prerequisites: Attended two-day Building Power course (or any previous foundational UWU course)

Getting Started in Safety – Injury/Return to Work

QLD    Training

A one day “Injury and Return to Work course” as part of a series of Getting Started in Safety modules.

What will the course cover?
The purpose is to build sustainable sites where delegates and leaders can deal with local issues around injury and return to work. This course will cover both rights of injured workers, representation, how to organise around safety.

Who can attend:
This course is open for all UWU delegates and leaders and any UWU member/activist. Its best for delegates who have a lot of injury related grievances and representations and who want to learn about how to use issues to organise, fight and win

Prerequisites: must have attended the two-day Building Power course

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 12 & 13 May 2021 (Townsville)
  • 01, 02 June & 23, 24 June 2021 (Brisbane)
  • 09 & 10 June 2021 (Mt Isa)
  • 09 & 10 June 2021 (Sunshine Coast)
  • 21 & 22 June 2021 (Rockhampton)
  • 13 & 14 July 2021 (Wide Bay)
  • 28, 29 July & 18, 19 August 2021 (Brisbane)
  • 15 & 16 September 2021 (Brisbane)
  • 03, 04 November & 17, 18 November 2021 (Brisbane)

 

 

 

  • More dates to be announced

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • More dates to be announced

TRAINING DATES:

Click HERE to enrol ONLINE.

Building Power and Unity – Stage 1 Delegates Course (2, 3 and 4 day course)

SA     Training

The two-day Building Power course will discuss what it means to be union and the role of our delegate and leaders in building power and winning for members. On this course delegates will also learn about their rights at work, understanding mapping and practising communication skills that build both power and unity.

The three- and four-day course will focus on all of the above and will include a workplace project. It will also include sessions on representing members and issue resolution and how to get members active on site. It will also include more advanced communication skills and mapping skills that will teach delegates how to build strong and inclusive workplaces and how to identify new delegates and leaders.

 

Representation and Rights

SA     Training

“Representation and Rights” is a course for delegates /leaders, potential activists and rank and file members of the United Workers Union.
This content is also covered in the Building Power and Unity 3 and 4 day course.

What will the course teach delegates to do?
The purpose is to build sustainable sites where delegates and leaders can deal with disciplinary and grievances. Sessions will include identifying individual and collective issues and rights to representation and fair process and how to represent workers, gain support and win on the ground.

Who can attend:
This course is open for all UWU delegates and leaders and any UWU member/activist. Its best for delegates who have a lot of disciplinary and grievance issues and who want to learn about how to use issues to organise, fight and win.

Prerequisites: Attended two-day Building Power course (or any previous foundational UWU course)

 

Getting Started in Safety – Injury/Return to Work

SA     Training

A one day “Injury and Return to Work course” as part of a series of Getting Started in Safety modules.

What will the course cover?
The purpose is to build sustainable sites where delegates and leaders can deal with local issues around injury and return to work. This course will cover both rights of injured workers, representation, how to organise around safety.

Who can attend:
This course is open for all UWU delegates and leaders and any UWU member/activist. Its best for delegates who have a lot of injury related grievances and representations and who want to learn about how to use issues to organise, fight and win

Prerequisites: must have attended the two-day Building Power course

 

Mass Meetings and Inductions

SA     Training

This course will teach delegates/leaders about running group meetings and group sign up.

What will the course cover?
The purpose is to build sustainable sites where delegates and leaders can run their own inductions and also run effective mass meetings to help build grow and build union structures.

Who can attend:
This course is open for all UWU delegates and leaders and any UWU member/activist. Its best for delegates who have negotiated mass inductions and want to learn to organise through mass meetings.

Prerequisites: must have attended the two-day Building Power Course (or any previous delegates course)

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 11, 12 & 25 May 2021
  • 08, 09 June 2021
  • 06, 07 & 20 July 2021
  • 17, 18 August 2021
  • 14, 15 & 28 September 2021
  • 19, 20 October 2021
  • 09, 10 & 23 November 2021

 

 

  • 26 May 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 23 June 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • More dates to be announced

TRAINING DATES:

Click HERE to enrol ONLINE.

Building Power and Unity – Stage 1 Delegates Course (2, 3 and 4 day course)

TAS     Training

The two-day Building Power course will discuss what it means to be union and the role of our delegate and leaders in building power and winning for members. On this course delegates will also learn about their rights at work, understanding mapping and practising communication skills that build both power and unity.

The three- and four-day course will focus on all of the above and will include a workplace project. It will also include sessions on representing members and issue resolution and how to get members active on site. It will also include more advanced communication skills and mapping skills that will teach delegates how to build strong and inclusive workplaces and how to identify new delegates and leaders.

 

Health and Safety Courses (Approved by Regulator)

TAS     Training

Elected HSRs have significant rights and powers. They have paid time to speak with workers and investigate risks, and once they have completed initial training, they have the power to issue and improvement notice or a cease work order that an employer must comply with.

Our HSR courses are approved by the regulator and elected HSRs have the right to attend that training on paid time, and the employer must pay for the course costs.

Who can attend:
Initial 5 day training – Any HSR can attend this course once during their three year term as HSR (after re-election a HSR has the right to attend the five day course again.)

1 Day HSR Refresher – Any elected HSR can attend once per year, starting 12 months after completing the initial course. (In VIC once per year regardless of when they attend the initial training.)

Prerequisites: Being an elected HSR (not appointed by the employer)

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 20 & 21 May 2021
  • 28 & 29 October 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health and Safety Initial Training Courses (5 Day)

  • 31 May,  01, 02 June & 08, 09 June 2021
  • 23, 24, 25 August & 14, 15 September 2021

Health and Safety Refresher Training Courses (1 Day)

  • 19 October 2021

Click HERE to enrol ONLINE.

Building Power and Unity – Stage 1 Delegates Course (2, 3 and 4 day course)

VIC     Training

The two-day Building Power course will discuss what it means to be union and the role of our delegate and leaders in building power and winning for members. On this course delegates will also learn about their rights at work, understanding mapping and practising communication skills that build both power and unity.

The three- and four-day course will focus on all of the above and will include a workplace project. It will also include sessions on representing members and issue resolution and how to get members active on site. It will also include more advanced communication skills and mapping skills that will teach delegates how to build strong and inclusive workplaces and how to identify new delegates and leaders.

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 18, 19 May & 03, 04 June 2021 (Docklands)
  • 15, 16 & 29, 30 June 2021 (Docklands)
  • 13, 14 & 29 July 2021 (Docklands)
  • 10, 11 & 26, 27 August 2021 (Docklands)
  • 07 & 08  September 2021 (Dandenong)
  • 05, 06 & 21, 22 October 2021 (Docklands)
  • 10, 11 & 25 November 2021 (Docklands)

Health and Safety Courses (Approved by Regulator)

VIC     Training

Elected HSRs have significant rights and powers. They have paid time to speak with workers and investigate risks, and once they have completed initial training, they have the power to issue and improvement notice or a cease work order that an employer must comply with.

Our HSR courses are approved by the regulator and elected HSRs have the right to attend that training on paid time, and the employer must pay for the course costs.

Who can attend:
Initial 5 day training – Any HSR can attend this course once during their three year term as HSR (after re-election a HSR has the right to attend the five day course again.)

1 Day HSR Refresher – Any elected HSR can attend once per year, starting 12 months after completing the initial course.

Prerequisites: Being an elected HSR (not appointed by the employer)

Cost [paid by your employer]:

(Initial) UWU member or other affiliated union $915
Non Member $1800

(Refresher) UWU member or other affiliated union $300
Non members $600

Upcoming Training Dates

Health and Safety Initial Training Courses (5 Day)

  • 03, 04, 05 & 25, 26 May 2021
  • 05, 06, 07 & 27, 28 July 2021
  • 30, 31 August & 01, 21, 22 September 2021
  • 08, 09, 10, 30 November & 01 December 2021

 

Health and Safety Refresher Training Courses (1 Day)

  • 11 May 2021
  • 19 May 2021 (Wodonga)
  • 22 June 2021 (Echuca)
  • 20 July 2021
  • 15 September (Dandenong)
  • 20 September 2021
  • 26 October 2021

Getting Started in Safety – Injury/Return to Work

VIC     Training

A one day “Injury and Return to Work course” as part of a series of Getting Started in Safety modules.

What will the course cover?
The purpose is to build sustainable sites where delegates and leaders can deal with local issues around injury and return to work. This course will cover both rights of injured workers, representation, how to organise around safety.

Who can attend:
This course is open for all UWU delegates and leaders and any UWU member/activist. Its best for delegates who have a lot of injury related grievances and representations and who want to learn about how to use issues to organise, fight and win

Prerequisites: must have attended the two-day Building Power course

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 11 August 2021 (Docklands)

Representation and Rights

VIC     Training

“Representation and Rights” is a course for delegates /leaders, potential activists and rank and file members of the United Workers Union.
This content is also covered in the Building Power and Unity 3 and 4 day course.

What will the course teach delegates to do?
The purpose is to build sustainable sites where delegates and leaders can deal with disciplinary and grievances. Sessions will include identifying individual and collective issues and rights to representation and fair process and how to represent workers, gain support and win on the ground.

Who can attend:
This course is open for all UWU delegates and leaders and any UWU member/activist. Its best for delegates who have a lot of disciplinary and grievance issues and who want to learn about how to use issues to organise, fight and win.

Prerequisites: Attended two-day Building Power course (or any previous foundational UWU course)

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 9 June 2021 (Docklands)

TRAINING DATES:

Click HERE to enrol ONLINE.

Building Power and Unity – Stage 1 Delegates Course (2, 3 and 4 day course)

WA     Training

The two-day Building Power course will discuss what it means to be union and the role of our delegate and leaders in building power and winning for members. On this course delegates will also learn about their rights at work, understanding mapping and practising communication skills that build both power and unity.

The three- and four-day course will focus on all of the above and will include a workplace project. It will also include sessions on representing members and issue resolution and how to get members active on site. It will also include more advanced communication skills and mapping skills that will teach delegates how to build strong and inclusive workplaces and how to identify new delegates and leaders.

Upcoming Training Dates

  • 12, 13 May 2021 (Perth)
  • 02, 03 & 22, 23 June 2021 (Perth)
  • 27, 28 July & 17, 18 August 2021 (Perth)
  • 31 August & 01, 21, 22 September 2021 (Perth)
  • 26, 27 October & 17, 18 November 2021 (Perth)

If you would prefer to fill in a paper form click HERE for a BLANK ENROLMENT Form.

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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