Putting our women leaders in their place
On International Women’s Day, the IEUA Federal Council endorsed a rule change to ensure 50% women representation in Federal Council positions.
This significant outcome for the IEUA now provides greater opportunities for women to be part of the decision-making body of our federal union.
IEUA Assistant Federal Secretary Christine Cooper said following the successful 2017 IEUA Women and Leadership Conference, our union identified the need to create greater leadership opportunities for women members.
“We are a union of 75% women members and it is essential that we identify new ways to constantly encourage and develop members for greater union activism and leadership.
“Our Federal Executive has spent several months discussing the best mechanism to ensure gender equity representation on our Federal Council.
“We researched similar rules present in other unions and discussed with the Fair Work Commission to ensure we had an appropriate method for our federal structure.
“Research is consistently demonstrating that gender diversity in decision making provides greater diversity in thought — which leads to better problem solving.
“This rule change now ensures that our women members have opportunities to be part of the broad decision making processes of our union.
“If unions are truly to be strong representative organisations, then they need strong women active at the decision making tables and in their leadership structures,” Ms Cooper said.