Organising Works 2019

Organising Works 2019

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. 

The Organising Centre will offer the program in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.  See course dates below.

Registrations for 2019 enrolment are now open.

Registrations will close COB on Friday 14th December 2018.

For 2019, there will be Diversity Scholarships available. For further information, please contact Alice Salomon, National Organising Works Co-ordinator: email asalomon@actu.org.au.

If you have questions regarding the registration process, please contact Belinda Tran-Preng, Administrative Co-ordinator: email btran@actu.org.au or telephone 03 9664 7350.

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.

Interviews

Interviews will be held in each state between 20-22 February 2019. All participants are required to attend.

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.       

2019 Program

Proposed Course Dates (last updated: 26 Oct 2018; Please note these dates are subject to change.)

Course

Days

NSW

QLD

VIC

1:  Mentor Induction

1.5

13-14 March

13-14 March

13-14 March

1:  Participant Induction

2

14-15 March

14-15 March

14-15 March

2: History & Values

4

26-29 March

26-29 March

26-29 March

3: Organising & Planning

4

15-18 April

15-18 April

15-18 April

4: Conversations

3

22-24 May

22-24 May

22-24 May

5: Workplace Leaders

3

19-21 June

19-21 June

19-21 June

6: Workplace Structures & Actions

3

17-19 July

17-19 July

17-19 July

7: Communications & Digital Organising

4

20-23 August

20-23 August

13-16 August

8: Power in Diversity

3

11-13 September

18-20 September

18-20 September

9: Campaigning (Residential)

     ** Arrival Sunday 13 October

5

13-18 October

13-18 October

13-18 October

10: Bargaining, Grievances & Negotiations

3

13–15 November

13-15 November

13-15 November

11 Organising for Work Health & Safety

3

9-11 December

9-11 December

9-11 December

12 Review & Evaluation

2

12-13 December

12-13 December

12-13 December

 

 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.