Organising Works 2018

Organising Works 2018

You never know where Organising Works could take you!

Organising Works is the ACTU Organising Centre's flagship organiser development program. Boasting alumni like Sally McManus, Organising Works is a program in which unionists gain the skills to organise, lead and grow. 

Expressions of interest from unions and individuals are now closed.  The Organising Centre will offer the program in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.  See course dates below.

Registrations for 2018 enrolment are now closed.

If you have questions regarding the registration process, please contact Alexandra Oke: email aoke@actu.org.au or telephone 03 9664 7215.

Program Aims

Organising Works gives participants real hands-on training in each of the key components of organising. It trains them in the best of traditional practice, as well as introducing them to innovative, and modern methods of organising, helping them learn to:

  • Develop and implement an organising plan;
  • Empower and communicate with workers;
  • Promote union values, principles and policies;
  • Promote equality of opportunity and fair treatment for all workers;
  • Participate in the bargaining process;
  • Provide advice to union members; 
  • Undertake negotiations; and
  • Organise for safer workplaces.

Delivery

  • Formal, structured training conducted by ACTU Organising Centre, comprising 12 courses over 10 months.
  • On-the-job experience, guided by mentors, allowing participants to gain the skills, strategies and knowledge required to work effectively as a union organiser.

All participating unions agree to the OrgWorks Memorandum of Understanding:

  1. Provide a supportive environment in which the participant can focus on organising.
  2. Provide a mentor who has adequate time to be actively involved in on-the-job training and supervision.
  3. Develop an organising plan for the participant to identify priority organising targets.       

2018 Program

Proposed Course Dates (last updated: 22 Feb 2018; Please note these dates are subject to change.)

Course

Days

NSW Solidarity Forever

NSW Power in Union

ACT

1:  Mentor Induction

1

6 March

13 March

20 March

1:  Participant Induction

2

7 – 8 March

14 – 15 March

21-22 March

2: History and Values

4

26 – 29 March

10 – 13 April

17 – 20 April

3: Organising & Planning

4

1 – 4 May

8 – 11 May

8 -11 May

4: Conversations

3

5 – 7 June

19 – 21 June

5 - 7 June

5: Workplace Leaders

3

3 – 5 July

10 – 12 July

4 - 6 July

6: Workplace Structures & Actions

3

31 July – 2 Aug

14 – 16 Aug

7 - 9 Aug

7: Communications & Digital Organising

4

28 – 31 Aug

4 – 7 Sept

17 - 20 Sept

8: Diversity

3

2 – 4 Oct

9 – 11 Oct

9 -11 Oct

9: Campaigning (Residential)

     ** Arrival Sunday 28 October

5

28 Oct – 2 Nov

28 Oct – 2 Nov

28 Oct – 2 Nov

10: Bargaining, Grievances & Negotiations

3

13 – 15 Nov

20 – 22 Nov

13 - 15 Nov

11 Organising for Work Health & Safety

3

3 – 5 Dec

10 – 12 Dec

26 - 28 Nov

12 Review & Evaluation

2

6 – 7 Dec

13 -14 Dec

29 - 30 Nov

 

 Assessment

Interested participants have the option to complete an assessment process at the completion of training, enabling them to formally achieve the 10157NAT Certificate IV in Unionism and Industrial Relations qualification.

To complete assessment participants work with their mentors to submit portfolios of current work samples along with evidence verified by their Lead or Secretary. Assessment may also require participants to demonstrate their skills to the educator in a workplace context, and/or to provide further information during discussion with the assessing educator.