Under the Federal Workplace Legislation, union delegates have the right to:

  • engage in the ordinary duties of being a workplace delegate without detriment or discrimination in their employment
  • formal recognition by the employer that elected or appointed workplace delegates speak on behalf of their colleagues
  • bargain collectively on behalf of those they represent
  • be consulted with by the employer in relation to workplace changes
  • access information relevant to the workplace (without breaching privacy laws or confidentiality)
  • participate in negotiations, dispute resolution, protected industrial action or attendance at FWA without suffering any repercussions
  • meet with their union at the workplace during break time
  • consult with colleagues during worktime in relation to a concern or dispute
  • participate in the industrial activities and operation of the union
  • paid time to attend union education if your agreement permits
  • access to reasonable facilities (such as telephone, facsimile, photocopying, internet and e-mail) for the purpose of carrying out ordinary delegate duties like consulting with colleagues and the union
  • place union information on a notice board in a prominent location in the workplace

In many of the Enterprise Agreements negotiated by the AWU, our delegates have extra rights and entitlements contained in their specific Enterprise Agreement.  For more information about your particular Enterprise Agreement, contact us today.