Introducing Angus Middleton
I’m Angus, the new guy starting with the Union. Some of you may have already spoken with me or seen emails from me.
I’ve come to work for the Union after working for the United Workers Union, formerly the National Union of Workers, where I worked as an organiser representing workers in wide variety sectors; from the oil and chemical industries, to building product manufacturing, the mining supply chain, call centres, and the brilliant young zoologists who keep the (for profit) Melbourne Aquarium running and the animals alive (despite the best efforts of the management there).
I admire how you have maintained your professional identities within your union, and how you have asserted control over your work and your professions through the detailed classification structures in your Agreements and old Awards.
This is something that I think is extremely important as employers increasingly push multiskilling and ‘flexibility’ (for them, not for you), at the expense of specialisation and expertise.
Outside of work I enjoy watching the footy and playing strategy games.
These are challenging times and I’m relishing the opportunity to work through these times, ensuring your rights at work are protected.
I’m looking forward to getting to know you and working with you all.