Delegate of the Month - Belinda
Belinda is our Delegate at Woolworths Toronto. She has been a Union member for more than 10 years and a Delegate for four years.
We asked her some questions about her role as a Delegate.
Why did you become a Delegate?
Our Union Delegate had left so we didn’t have a Delegate in the store. A colleague suggested I’d be good at it and I felt we needed someone in the role so I decided to become a Delegate.
What has been your most notable achievement /dispute that you have dealt with as a Delegate?
Fortunately, most of the workplace issues I have dealt with as a Delegate have been mainly straight forward issues, such as rosters, contracts or annual leave entitlements, which I have been able to handle quickly.
What campaigns have you been involved with and why are they important?
I have been involved with all of the Union’s campaigns, including penalty rates and 100% Pay at 18. I was also involved in the campaign to try to save our Boxing Day.
What do you enjoy best in your role as a Delegate?
Learning, and knowing, more about our rights and entitlements. Since becoming a Delegate, I have learnt so much about our rights that most team members are probably not aware of. I like being the voice for everyone in my store.
What do you aim to achieve in your workplace in the next 12 months?
Ensuring that we have a safe, healthy workplace where staff can go to work stress free. I want to make sure my colleagues to know that they can rely on me to be beside them, and to feel supported and not feel alone.
What do you get most out of the role of Delegate?
I like standing up for our rights in the workplace and being a voice for others who feel they can’t speak up to management themselves. We’re all equal and we should all be treated fairly. I like knowing that I am helping to create a good working environment for staff.