E tū democracy – members shaping our union

E tū National Executive member Jason Fell

Every two years, our Biennial Conference makes decisions on the shape of our union based on remits raised by members all over the country, through Delegate Forums, standing committees, Industry Councils, Te Runanga and the National Executive.

The conference this year considered and voted on 27 remits. Here are some of the highlights.

Increasing our strength in diversity

The conference supported building a formal structure for our Out@Work network – a voice for LGBTQI+ members. Our delegates also supported the establishment of an action group of migrant workers within E tū. We will see increased youth representation at future conferences and action to increase support for issues that affect Pasefika members. If you are interested in being involved in any of these areas, contact an organiser at E tū Support by emailing support@etu.nz or calling 0800 1 UNION (0800 186 466).

Solidarity membership

A solidarity membership is being established which is a new concept of community membership, linking people together for justice for working people and their families, enabling the union to build on its campaigns for decent lives. It is open to retired members, students, people wanting to be politically active, or current members keen to contribute to the growth of our solidarity work.

Embracing our digital future

Our conference delegates also approved a range of rule changes that enable us to engage, exchange information, and make decisions through digital tools to complement our ongoing work in meetings, workshops, pickets, rallies and more.

E tū Life Member and Te Runanga Convenor Sharryn Barton leads a workshop on Māori leadership