National Committee of Management


President, Alex North

“Alex North is the President of the AUWU. An out-of-work warehouse worker and trade unionist, he has been active in our movement since 2018: first as the South Australian Coordinator and then as National Operations Coordinator from 2019-2020. He has previously worked in call-centres, hospitality, and retail. He is proud to be part of the rich tradition of unemployed workers organising in Australia that has existed since the 1840’s. He also writes occasionally for Jacobin and barracks for the old Port Adelaide Football Club.”

Vice-President, Oliver Leverton

“Oli is a long term member and Vice-President of the AUWU. They were previously the Melbourne Branch Coordinator and before that a member of Dole Action Group, a grass-roots campaign group for abolishing Work-For-the-Dole. They are an anti-capitalist activist that participates in efforts to build community power, and are a member of Collective Action. Plus, they are a DJ on the side.”

Secretary, Nijole Naujokas

“Nijole Naujokas has been an activist in South Australia for over a decade. She has worked extensively on campaigns for the South Australian Feminist Collective, Stop Income Management in Playford, Anti-Poverty Network SA, and the AUWU. She has written opinion pieces for The Guardian and held information workshops regarding issues with the ParentsNext policy. Having completed her Bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing, she is currently doing Honours in Creative Writing.”

Treasurer, Owen Bennett

“Owen Bennett is the founder and vice president of the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union. He is currently writing a PhD on trade unions and unemployment in Australia.”

Ordinary Member, Marina Chapman

“Marina Chapman is a new ordinary member of the Committee of Management and has been Tasmanian State Secretary for the past five months. She previously worked in childcare, until a workplace injury cost her her job. Marina became active within the AUWU because she strongly believes those on social security have a right to an income above the poverty line, without the disrespect of forced income management and ‘mutual obligations’.”

Ordinary Member, Isabel Blanchard

“Isabel Blanchard is currently volunteering as the Secretary of AUWU NSW and recently elected Ordinary Member of the Committee of Management. She joined the AUWU in 2020 to help people who have been left behind by the government’s inaction to provide support for our unemployed, underemployed, underwaged – exploited by bosses and ignored by those in power. To earn a living, Isabel is a marketing freelancer and a due-paying member of the MEAA. She is also a fervent activist, volunteering for local actions about workers’ rights, LGBTIQA+ rights, Indigenous rights, as well as animal rights.”

Ordinary Member, Kate Alway

“Kate is an ordinary member of the Committee of Management. Since getting involved in the AUWU earlier this year, Kate has run the Bullshit Jobs reading group and the Chatswood protest of Indue, Centrelink and Max Employment in No Excuse For Poverty Week, and is now treasurer for the new Greater Sydney branch. With a background of twenty years of activism and community building in several related fields, experience in collectives, committees and boards at many levels and diverse studies with a specialty in education for social change, Kate seeks to change the way we understand employment and unemployment, to improve both the lives of unemployed people and the world around us.”

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