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What's On

  • Next delegates meeting Tuesday 5 February 5.30pm
  • 1st Wednesday of the month is the Electrical Trade Union Geelong Branch members meeting. Gheringhap St. Office at 5.00pm.
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month the Plumbers Union members meeting is 5.00pm at Geelong Trades Hall.
  • Last Wednesday of the month at 12 noon the CFMEU shop stewards meet at the CFMEU office on Fyans St.
  • Every Thursday night at 6.00pm. Geelong Trades Hall Choir rehearsal. All members welcome. 127 Myers Street. Geelong.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Women Unionists Network Meeting

At our Network meeting in May the Geelong Trades Hall Centenary celebrations for 2009 were discussed. Some great ideas were suggested for the women unionists of Geelong to commemorate this significant event.

These were:

  • A Banner

  • Some sort of Quilt

  • Plaque

If you have any other ideas to contribute come along to the next meeting or give Chris or Anne a call at Trades Hall on 52211712.

The next meeting of the Women Unionists Network will be on Wednesday 16th July 5.30pm at Geelong Trades Hall – Executive Room. Refreshments provided.


This is a great opportunity to network, have input into events and activities and generally have a good time with a few drinks and eats.

Annual Dinner

The dinner has now been organised for 24th July 2008. We are pleased to have Michele O’Neil Secretary of the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union as our guest speaker for the dinner.

For more information or to book contact Anne on 52211712.

Update on local Union Action

HACSU (Union for disability service workers) and the Department of Human Services have finally come to an agreement on our recent EBA.

The outcome is a good one for our members with a 7% to 10% pay rise in the first year and no loss of existing conditions.

There is also to be a long awaited recognition of qualifications /classification of workers who have done advanced studies and a financial remuneration for this.

This agreement came about quicker than our members thought; it could possibly be that the DHS could not stand to hear Valmai and Priscilla on Union Air one more time.

Elwyn Young - HACSU Member


The Women Unionists Network produces a newsletter every 2 months with updates on events, what’s happening, opportunity for feedback and other matters of interest.

We welcome contributions to this newsletter so don’t hesitate to contact Chris with info or specific articles.

Union Air 94.7

The union movement has its own local radio program, Union Air, every Saturday at 12 noon on 94.7 The Pulse.

A number of women unionists are involved in the production of the show and do a fantastic job every week.

The show provides up to date information on what is happening industrially around Geelong and the country generally. It’s certainly worth listening to and is a great opportunity to keep issues affecting women workers on the agenda.

Women Unionists Network Training Weekend

Planning has begun for this years training weekend. The venue has been booked for the 14th to 16th of November. We are now in the process of seeking sponsorship and letters have gone out to unions and other sponsors.

A number of sessions and topics have been proposed and further work will be done over the next few weeks to pull together the program and identify relevant speakers for the sessions.

It has been agreed that the Friday night session and the Saturday night dinner should remain as they are. An expression of interest form is now circulating. If you would like more forms or information contact Chris or Anne 52211217

Expression of interest form

Date: Evening of Friday 14th Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November 2008

Venue: Cottage by the Sea Queenscliff

29 Flinders Street Queenscliff

You will be contacted with details of the agenda in August and asked to confirm your attendance, once you have confirmed the final details will be forwarded to you in early October.







Return to Geelong Trades Hall 127 Myers Street Geelong. Fax 52231115 or email: by the 31st October 2008.

Trades Hall Choir

You are invited to

Geelong Trades Hall Choir

Thursday 19 June
6 pm onwards
Geelong Trades Hall
127 Myers Street Geelong
Come and sing along with the choir!
See if you want to join us!
Current members please tell your friends and bring them along!
Refreshments after
For more information ring Trades Hall on 52211712

Geelong Trades Hall Website

The Geelong Trades Hall now has its own website which is full of the latest info on what’s happening in the union movement.

It is worth visiting the site and registering for news updates. The Women Unionists Network will also have information on the site.

Sponsorship 2008

The Geelong Women Unionists Network aims to provide its activities and events free or at an affordable cost given that it involves women from diverse backgrounds and jobs. We have been very grateful to our sponsors who have enabled us to keep to this free/low cost aim.

We thank the following Sponsors so far for 2008:

  • Geelong & Region Trades & Labour Council.

  • Members Equity

  • Union Community Alliance