E tū Conference 2018 workshops

 Workshops Round One – 1.15pm -2.45pm

Technology and unions: where will workers build power

Jim Stanford, Australia Institute – Director of Centre for Future Work

Workshop participants will:

  • Discuss the ways that new technology affects work and jobs: including both the nature of production itself, and the nature of relationships between workers and employers.
  • Consider whether unions have a role in a high-technology economy.
  • Consider possible strategies and responses for unions in adapting to new technology.

The workshop will be suitable for anyone interested in technology, the future of work, and union innovation and renewal. 


The future is in broad-based community organising

Lyndy McIntyre, Living Wage Movement Community Organiser

To secure the wins that transform the lives of our members and their whanau, we need lots of power. We need relationships with organisations that share our values and can mobilise thousands of people.

We share common values with many groups in our community – other unions, community organisations and faith groups. Together we are much stronger.  Broad-based organising is a different way of organising and campaigning with our allies to grow our power and win our common goals. In this workshop we’ll learn about working together to build power in our communities.

The workshop will be suitable for anyone interested in how we grow power for working people through building relationships with organisations that share our values.

Using our campaigns to leverage bargaining

Annie Newman, E tū National Director of Campaigning

E tū has transformed 1000s of worker’s lives through the amazing Living Wage and Equal Pay campaigns.   These big campaigns can help us bargain better wages and conditions. What is the secret to successful campaigning?  What about my industry?  How can I get involved and make a difference?  Campaigning is a tool to enhance bargaining by using the power of allies beyond the workplace. Workshop participants will

  • Explore the elements of successful campaigning
  • Look at successful campaigns and why they work
  • Apply campaigning ideas to our own workplaces and industries

The workshop will be suitable for anyone with a thirst for campaigning for the transformation of our working lives, our industries and our communities, working with people in and beyond our union, and taking those learnings into a bargaining strategy.


Future Political Organising Strategies

Anaru Ryall, Community Outreach Director NZ Labour Party

This workshop will focus on political organising strategies and in particular ask the following questions:

  • Why should we as union activists organise politically?
  • How should we organise to ensure success?
  • How do we organise volunteers?
  • How do we develop leaders?

The workshop would be suitable for anyone looking to build their knowledge how and why we organise politically, and how we develop leaders in this context.


Workshops round two – 3.05 – 4.35

Climate change and Just Transition strategies

Tony Maher, CFMMEU National President

This workshop will discuss the possibilities and challenges for workers in Aotearoa New Zealand as we transition from carbon-based to non-carbon based energy sources to manage climate change.

The workshop will hear from:

Tony Maher,  National President, CFMMEU

Hon Dr Megan Woods, Labour Member of Parliament and Minister of the Crown with portfolio responsibilities for Energy and Resources

Paul Tolich, Senior National Industrial Officer for E tū with responsibility for Energy and Mining Industry.

This workshop is for you if you would like to know more about what a just transition means, how we plan for it and what E tū’s position and policy is on it.


Human rights. Whose rights? Our rights!

Rachel Mackintosh, E tū National Director Organising

Using Human Rights to organise against violence and harassment.

Workshop participants will:

  • discuss the basis and place of human rights
  • explore the use of human rights in organising collectively to end violence and harassment in the world of work.

The workshop will be suitable for anyone with an interest in human rights and in organising to prevent, address and end violence and harassment.


Using legal leverage in future organising strategies

Peter Cranney, Oakley Moran

This workshop will hear from equal pay laywer Peter Cranney and the E tū legal team about how legal processes are used to create leverage supporting expansion of working people’s rights. We will discuss how delegates and members can be involved to support this in their workplace by organising.

This workshop is for people interested in how we use legal process to grow union power.


Jobs You Can Count On campaign (Australia)

Jo Schofield, United Voice National Secretary

Broadly, this workshop will focus on United Voice’s Jobs You Can Count On campaign, which is a whole of union campaign framework to engage with all their members, wherever they live and work.  It’s a new campaigning model for them – and a work in progress, so it will look at sharing the journey so far and the early successes.

The workshop would be suitable for people who want to look at new ways of campaign, involving members and thinking about how we could use the lesson learnt in a New Zealand context.