Anna Stewart Memorial Project 2014
Women Changing Unions
As many more women increase their participation in the workforce, they are also joining trade unions. However, the extent of women’s union membership is not yet reflected at all levels of the union movement.
Indigenous women and women from non-English speaking backgrounds in particular, are still under represented in the membership as well as in paid union positions.
The aim of the Anna Stewart Memorial Project is to increase women’s involvement in the union movement. The project has been in existence since 1984 and so far more than 800 women have participated in the Victorian arm project.
During the two week project, women union members from diverse workplaces and occupations are placed with their own, and sometimes with another union, for two weeks.
They experience the full range of union work, including mass meetings, enterprise bargaining negotiations and hearings at Fair Work Australia. In addition, all participants meet for three and a half days group training during the project at the Victorian Trades Hall Council to discuss women, work and union issues.
The Project runs from 5 May to 16 May.
If you’re interested in participating in the Anna Stewart Memorial Project please contact the Union on 9623 9623 or at enquiry[at]msav.org.au to discuss your participation in detail.