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Home > News > 2017 > May > IEUA-QNT Industrial Officer Danielle Wilson awarded for passion and commitment to unionism

IEUA-QNT Industrial Officer Danielle Wilson awarded for passion and commitment to unionism

Dan_Kath_Nelson_Award.pngIEUA-QNT Industrial Officer Danielle Wilson has received the Kath Nelson Award in honour of her deep commitment and passion for unionism and social justice.

Danielle was presented with the award at the Queensland Council of Union (QCU) Labour Day Awards held in Brisbane in late April. 

The prestigious award recognises an outstanding woman who, for her part, is a unionist of fundamental commitment to union principles and a person who has made a difference to the lives of workers and helped to build a stronger union movement. 

Photo: Danielle pictured second from left with The Services Union President Lindy Henson, QCU General Secretary Ros McLennan and QCU President Rohan Webb.

IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said over a 20 year career in the Queensland union movement, Danielle’s faith in our union’s values of dignity, decency and respect have been foundational to her daily work. 

“She is first in line to offer absolute support to workplace and social justice issues that correspond with her core beliefs,” Mr Burke said.

Danielle has worked with our union since 2008 and strives to provide the highest level of quality support to members who are experiencing serious workplace issues or whose jobs are under threat. 

Danielle is a tireless advocate for our members in the protection of their workplace rights. Danielle has never been reluctant to face an employer in order to challenge any injustice perpetrated on our members. 

“Members quickly realise that as their caring, committed representative, Danielle, will quickly transform into a forceful, determined advocate who will stand up to any employer transgression,” Mr Burke said.

Outside of the workplace, Danielle commits an extraordinary amount of her personal time to the fight for a fairer community  — supporting union rallies and events, political lobbying regarding marriage equality, providing public statements and profile pieces, letter campaigns, organising support for victims of family violence and providing practical help to workers on picket lines. 

“If a worthy cause needs support, it is certain that Danielle will be one of the first to volunteer her time and energy,” Mr Burke said.      

On behalf of all IEUA-QNT members, we congratulate Danielle for this achievement and for her commitment to our union and to the pursuit of social justice more broadly. 

The award is named in honour of outstanding unionist and former Secretary of The Services Union in Queensland, Kath Nelson, who died following a battle with leukaemia in 2014.

The Labour Day Awards form part of annual Labour Day celebrations in Queensland and recognise exceptional union campaigns and members as well as the broader importance of Labour Day.

Our union spoke with members about the significance of Labour Day now and in the future during the Brisbane Labour Day march. Watch the video below.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.