Delegate of the Month - Rebecca
Rebecca Holt is our January Delegate of the Month. Rebecca works in Woolworths Newcastle West. She has been a Union member for 12 years and a Delegate for 3 years.
Lyn, SDA Organiser, sat down with Rebecca and asked her some questions about her role as a Delegate.
Why did you become a Delegate?
I became a Delegate to help my union work mates. I find it rewarding to be able to help especially when my colleagues don’t know how to approach management. Some were nervous and some simply don’t know their rights. The training I received as a delegate allowed me to gain confidence to give my colleagues the right advice.
What has been your most notable achievement?
I often get swamped with work issues. I do my best to open the conversation with management and often resolve the issue immediately. I mostly deal with roster issues, give advice on annual leave entitlements and long service leave and attend meeting on behalf of members.
Why is recruitment important?
More Union members have a louder voice at work, you are heard if you have a strong voice.
As a result, things get done and you get better pay and conditions when you band together.
What campaigns are you involved in?
I am involved with all of the Union’s campaigns as they all provide a good outcome for members in my store. Penalty rates are so important to both myself and members instore.
What do you aim to achieve in the next 12 months?
I want to make sure the members in store stay members in the Union. Often many members in store forget about the great benefits the Union offers in addition to support in the workplace.
What do you enjoy best in your role as a Delegate?
I get great satisfaction from helping my colleagues make sure their rights are not breached.
*image features 'Delegate of the Month' – Rebecca Holt (middle) with colleagues Jenny (L) and Liz (R).