Here are a few of the common questions delegates ask:
Can I speak up when I’m representing members or am I just there as a silent
Yes, you can definitely ask questions and actively represent your member as
necessary. You are there as a representative, not just an observer or witness.
Government policy is that employees have the right to representation from their
union in the workplace. An individual employee’s choice to be represented by
their union must be respected by all parties in the workplace. Where an employee
elects to be a member of a union, their agency must respect the employee’s right
to deal on workplace matters through their representative.
Are union delegates allowed to or distribute union information and consult
Absolutely. In fact, it is government policy that agencies should facilitate
employee access to their representatives in a fair and reasonable way. This
specifically includes the provision of information to employees by their
Does my employer have to support me in my role as a CPSU delegate?
Government policy now states that the role of workplace representatives,
including union delegates and employee representatives, is to be respected and
facilitated. It is Government policy that every employee is free to decide
whether or not to join and be represented by a union in the workplace, including
in bargaining. It is unlawful for anyone to try to stop an employee exercising
this choice by threats, pressure, discrimination or victimisation.
Can I get union training in representation and negotiation skills?
Yes. The CPSU provides a
range of courses. It is once again becoming normal practice in the
Australian Public Service for delegates to attend these courses. You may already
have the right to training leave in your enterprise agreement. It is also government policy that agencies facilitate
reasonable access to training. This may, for example, include leave for training
during paid time.