Next generation of IEUA-QNT activists emerge
Our union brought together a dedicated group of early career activists at last week’s NexGen Conference to consider and help build the future of our union.
This year’s conference follows the inaugural event held last year, with attendees exploring the history and achievements of our union, and the current union environment, both nationally and internationally, as well as contributing to a blueprint to develop our union into the future.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the NexGen Conference sparked important conversations about our union’s future.
“Attendees took a hands-on approach to building our future by helping to devise strategies that will directly influence upcoming campaigns and activities,” he said.
“They will also play an important role in sharing what they have taken away with other members and potential members in their schools – and encouraging these people to become more involved with our union.
“Only when we work together, collectively as a group of union members, can we hope to address the significant issues affecting our members and all workers generally.”
IEUA-QNT member Luke Vanni said the conference was a significant opportunity to connect with likeminded members who were interested in the future of our union.
“I believe it’s really important to have collective strength and to work together…[NexGen] seemed like a really good opportunity to meet others in my generation who are interested in further advocating for the causes of our union,” Luke said.
Luke said NexGen attendees talked about the importance of keeping up with evolving technology in order to ensure members are connected.
“There are so many opportunities through technology for our union to engage members,” he said.
Jessica Torrisi joined our union as an associate student member while at university and was drawn to the NexGen Conference as an opportunity for idea sharing.
“I liked the idea of having a say in the future of the union. I think that [as] part of this next generation of union members coming through, we have some ideas of things we would like to [enhance]. So having the opportunity to have a say is really good,” Jessica said.
Jessica said the conference was an opportunity to discuss the importance of attracting early career teachers to join our union.
“I think recruiting new members is a task for us all, particularly early career teachers. I think a lot of new teachers don’t understand the importance of union and take the [working] conditions we have for granted. So I think educating people about what the purpose of the union is and why they should join is something we should focus on,” Jessica said.
Damian Yates agreed attracting early career teachers to join was an important focus for the future.
“Maintaining a drive [to recruit] new members is important, especially graduates. We also need to start integrating social media as much as we can to engage members,” Damian said.