The ANMF Job Representative - What is the role?
ANMF Job Representatives play a vital role in the Branch by being the face of the ANMF at the workplace, as well as the primary source of communication between the ANMF and members in the workplace. Job Reps are elected by their colleagues and some activities they perform include:
- Distributing ANMF information to members in the workplace
- Recruiting new members
- Acting as a resource for members about ANMF benefits and services
- Attending local workplace meetings, including; consultative, Job Rep, and implementation committees
- Maintaining up to date ANMF information in the workplace
- Assisting members when they have an industrial or professional issue and may need advice, information, referral or representation.
ANMF recommends each ward or unit elect at least two Job Reps and consider at least one other for the night shift.
Job Representative Training Programs
Once elected, we want to ensure all Job reps are provided with the essential knowledge and tools to best support them & our members. The ANMF Victorian Branch currently provide two types of training programs - free of charge, available year-round in Melbourne CBD & numerous Regional areas across Victoria:
Job Rep Foundations – The essentials of the Job Rep role
Our Foundations program consists of an Online module, accompanied by a 1-day face-to-face training program. The combination of Online and face-to-face components provide Job Reps with basic information about the ANMF Victorian Branch, the role and history of unions, and covers the fundamentals of the ANMF Job Representative role.
Participants are provided with a variety of information, materials and resources to set in motion ANMF activity in their own workplace. The Online module is available via the ANMF member portal, direct link and instructions can be found here: http://www.anmfvic.asn.au/foundations
We suggest participants aim to attend a face-to-face program within 3 months of completing the Online module, or once every 3 years as a refresher. Find an available program and register for the face-to-face program here: http://www.anmfvic.asn.au/reps/job-rep-foundation-program
Regional Job Reps: If no training is scheduled in your area, you are welcome to attend a Melbourne program, held monthly at the ANMF Victorian Branch. Alternatively, keep an eye out for upcoming dates released in our twice-yearly training schedule.
Keeping it Organised – Organiser and network specific training
The aim of this 2-day program is to give Job Reps dedicated face-to-face time with their ANMF Organiser, and other Job Reps from their workplace, to focus on developing skills and strategies in progressing and resolving collective issues.
As well as formulating a plan for building the profile, presence and activity of the ANMF in their respective workplace, the program provides opportunity to explore current collective issues, with an emphasis on;
- The role of Job Reps and members in addressing concerns
- Reviewing membership lists
- How to plan and prepare for recruitment conversations
- Networking opportunity with an optional happy-hour at the end of day one
- Developing an in-depth workplace organising plan to identify, allocate, and document ANMF activities at each workplace. This plan forms the basis of the ongoing work of Job Reps.
Important: The Keeping It Organised training is tailored to specific Organiser’s area/regions; therefore, Job Reps can only attend the yearly session being hosted by their individual Organiser/in their geographical area. If you're unsure which program you should be attending, please contact us on 9275 9333.
Each Organiser hosts their individual program on a yearly basis, and spaces are limited. Find your relevant course and register here: http://www.anmfvic.asn.au/reps/keeping-it-organised
Paid Union Training Leave
Paid union training leave is accessible for Public Sector Job Reps. For non-public sector Job Reps, please check your entitlement to paid union training leave.
Depending on the entitlements in the applicable enterprise agreement, Job Reps may be eligible to receive paid union training leave from their employer to attend these programs.
If there is no entitlement and the employer will not provide paid training leave, Job Reps may be eligible to apply for an ANMF ‘loss of pay’ subsidy when taking leave without pay to attend.
Once registered, Job Reps will be provided with written confirmation, and a letter to be forwarded to their relevant NUM/MUM/Line Manager requesting leave to attend union training.
Costs: Travel, accommodation and catering
All Job Rep training is provided to you at no cost, in a friendly welcoming environment, and daily catering is provided complimentary to all training participants. Where eligible, and upon provision of the relevant receipts, ANMF will reimburse costs as follows:
Melbourne training programs:
If your workplace is more than 70 kilometres from the Melbourne GPO, ANMF will reimburse the cost of a standard rail fare (metro or V-Line) or a petrol subsidy including road tolls and parking fees.
Regional training programs:
If your workplace is more than 20 kilometres from the regional venue, ANMF will reimburse the cost of standard public transport fares or a petrol subsidy.
If your workplace is more than 70 kilometres from the program venue, upon your request the ANMF will organise and pay for accommodation the night before the training commences.
Call us on (03) 9275 9333 / Email JRT@anmfvic.asn.com.au for more information or click the links on the right to get started!