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Join Our Free Weekly Advocacy Mentorship in Melbourne

AUWU advocacy services are a life-line for unemployed workers. For many in the employment services system, there is nowhere else to turn.

As an unfunded advocacy service run entirely by unemployed volunteers, responding to every advocacy call and email is a challenge. Over the past few months, there has been an unprecedented demand for our service.
Join our Melbourne advocacy mentorship program and help us make sure everyone who contacts the AUWU advocacy services gets the support they need. Every Tuesday at the NUW Offices in Melbourne, experienced AUWU advocates have been mentoring Advocacy volunteers and helping them get the skills they need to help unemployed workers deal with the increasingly punitive employment ‘services’ system.

AUWU Volunteers at Mentorship Workshop held at NUW offices in Melbourne, 28 May 2019

The mentorship will consist of a workshop at NUW offices in Melbourne designed to help AUWU Volunteers prepare to call back people who left messages on the AUWU’s advocacy hotline – all under the supervision of an experienced team of AUWU advocates. The aim will be to run these sessions every fortnight on and on-going basis.

These sessions will be run every Tuesday in at least May. Please check the AUWU facebook events for more information and to RSVP to an event.

A seat at the table

It has been a long road for the AUWU to get a seat at the table with the federal Dept of Jobs to represent unemployed workers. For unemployed workers, this meeting was a watershed which, along with the jobactive and ParentsNext Senate Inquiries, means that our voices are finally being heard.

This joint meeting was convened because AUWU President Owen Bennett had asked for the opportunity to discuss ways to distribute AUWU Rights Guides. This need arose because the AUWU runs a hotline staffed by volunteers who help others navigate and negotiate employment services and social security requirements.  The Rights Guide has been a fantastic resource for unemployed workers, and it has been no easy task to maintain it, keep it up to date and distribute it.

This meeting is the beginning of dialogue with Dept of Jobs about the ways unemployed workers can access clear information about rights and responsibilities in forms that are more accessible and empowering than existing official channels. We have also asked for  advance warning of policy so that we know about changes that affect the rights and responsibilities of unemployed workers before they take effect. Over the longer term the Union hopes to progress discussion on making Union volunteering an Approved Activity for the AAR.

There is a big difference between being heard and listened to. To this end we will maintain respectful engagement with Dept of Jobs to progress better outcomes for unemployed workers.

Details of Upcoming Trainings

It was clear from this week’s budget that the only way we are going to get our voices heard is if we are organised.

That is why the AUWU are conducting our first ever series of free National Trainings over the next week. These three training sessions will be held in Melbourne, Sydney and streamed online.

Please sign up to these trainings to learn how to get more involved in the AUWU. Remember, these trainings are open to everyone so be sure to come along if you are available. While these trainings are free, we would appreciate it if you could make a small donation on our website home page to help us cover the costs of running them.

Training #1: Volunteer Induction

Where: National Union of Workers, 833 Bourke Street Melbourne (and also online through crowd cast)
When: 5:30pm, Monday 8 April
RSVP: Please RSVP to the in-person training here. To RSVP for the online session, click here.
What: General information about upcoming campaigns and what volunteering with the AUWU looks like.

Training #2: Advocacy Training Day

Where: Unions NSW, 4/10 Goulburn Street, Sydney (and also online through crowd cast)
When: 1pm – 5pm, Monday April 15
RSVP: Please RSVP to the in-person training here. To RSVP for the online session, click here.
What: Information on how to run the AUWU’s advocacy hotline and services.

Once you RSVP we will be in touch with details about how to attend, both in-person and online.

Look forward to seeing you there.

P.S The AUWU is a volunteer organisation with no paid staff. We rely on donations to pay our operational costs. Please donate on our website home page to help support our activities.