Delegate of the Month – Lee
Lee Mills is our Delegate in Woolworths Muswellbrook. She has been a Union member for 3 years and a Delegate since Oct 2013.
Kim, an SDA Organiser, sat down with Lee and asked her some questions about her role as a Delegate.
Why did you become a Delegate?
I like helping people. Everyone was asking me questions so I decided I better get the correct
training to help them.
What has been your most notable achievement / workplace dispute that you have resolved?
There were two staff members that lived in the Singleton area and had been asking and asking to transfer to the store, the store manager at singleton approved to take them but the store manager at my store was putting a stop to it. Once I got involved and spoke to the store manager about the reasons behind this we were able to come to an agreement and he allowed them to transfer. One of the staff had been trying for a year until I was able to step in and assist.
Why is recruitment important to you?
The more members we have the more voices we have to be heard.
What campaigns are you involved in and what are you doing to support those campaigns?
I am involved in them all – Take The Time, 100% Pay at 18+ and Protect Penalty Rates - being proactive in the store as well as getting friends and family to support.
I collected the second highest amount of supportive signatures for the 100% Pay at 18+
campaign, throughout the whole area, so I was very proud of myself. I am now currently working on the protect penalty rates campaign educating my colleagues in store.
What do you aim to achieve in your workplace in the next 12 months;
I hope to have more informed staff in store so my colleagues know what their rights are at work. I want to ensure that everyone knows who their delegates are in store and who they can talk to. I am also speaking to all new employees about the benefits of Union membership which I hope will result in a stronger union presence in store.
What do you most enjoy / get satisfaction from in your role as a Delegate?
I really enjoy being able to help people and making staff feel that they can come to work because we, the union, are here to help and are trustworthy in sorting out any issues