The 2014 Delegates Convention was back, bigger and better than ever.
With a fresh new theme and venue, delegates have been calling this year’s convention the best yet.
Hosted at NIB Stadium, the venue stayed true to United Voice colours, illuminating the room in burgundy, as members arrived bright and early.
National and international guests jetted in to hear WA’s delegates share their stories.
United Voice Aged Care delegate Diane was one of the presenters on the day.
She said it had been a humbling experience to present such a personal story to more than 300 people.
“It was humbling and encouraging,” she said.
“And the response I’ve received has also been humbling. It was very powerful.”
Most importantly the day was filled with delegates talking about their personal struggles and how being part of United Voice gave them strength to keep going.
Often there wasn’t a dry eye in the house with many of the outstanding delegate speakers getting standing ovations.
Tom Woodruff, the International Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union, flew in from Washington, USA, to speak to delegates.
Mr Woodruff discussed the important SEIU campaign ‘Fight for 15’, involving fast food workers from all over America banding together to fight for a living wage.
This year delegates also had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions discussing topical issues such as The Liberal Attack on Unions, The Threat of Privatisation and The Fight for Penalty Rates.
The convention became emotional in its final hours, with three amazing women inducted as life members; Nina Devlin, Jackie Blagdanich and Elaine Magden.
The convention finished with drinks on the pitch and members ran through a banner, declaring the 2014 delegates convention a success.
Diane said she felt the convention was a great event and she thoroughly enjoyed it.
“It was exceptionally informative and very, very enlightening.
“It really just opens your eyes. It was the most empowering day that I’ve had for a very long time.”