Delegate of the Month - Mackenzie

Published on: Jun 30 2017

June 2017

Mackenzie is a proud Union member. He joined the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association Newcastle & Northern Branch (SDA), immediately after starting work at McDonalds in January 2012.

As a member, Mackenzie demonstrates a passion for helping his colleagues, and became a Delegate 18 months later as his co-workers believed he would make a good Delegate to represent them at work.

As a store Delegate, Mackenzie attended basic and advanced delegate training, where he gained skills and knowledge to take back to the store. This knowledge has helped him educate and help other members in store.

According to Mackenzie, “as a Delegate I have the unique opportunity to be able to share my passion for the Union movement in two ways, Recruitment and Activism”.

With members being the life blood of the union movement, recruitment and retention of members is vital for the Union to function effectively and achieve better outcomes for members.

While Mackenzie is often nervous before he conducts an induction with new staff, he says “I feel proud of myself contributing to the union movement who have always supported me”.

Mackenzie says, ‘Over the next 12 months I would love to see SDA membership increase, not only for my store but across all of the Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Central Coast’.

He also stresses how important activism is, “While the idea of activism often conjures up images of people with placards or signs, often it can be as simple as, going to a rally, phone canvassing, asking friends / family to sign a petition, or distributing and out " How to Vote Cards " on Election Day”.

Mackenzie is an active participant in a number of union led campaigns including ‘Protect Penalty Rates’ and ‘100% Pay at 18’. These campaigns directly affect the take home pay for workers like Mackenzie.

He is also conscious of Health & Safety and believes strongly that this is an important issue in his workplace. He is an active member of the store’s ‘Safety Team’.  

Mackenzie says, “I will continue to support the SDA Union, and I urge all members to get behind your Union, we are often vulnerable at work and sometimes need advice and guidance.  Don't forget - we are the Union, the members. No one else is fighting for your pay and conditions, no one, only the unions”.

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