United Voice member and Crown Casino Storeman Allan Robertson, knows the pitfalls of being a worker that isn't a part of a strong union.
Before coming to work for Crown, Allan acknowledges he was unfairly dismissed from his previous job and is determined that it won’t happen to him again.
“I’ve been working at Crown Casino for the past two and a half years,” he says.
“Within two months I had signed up as a United Voice member and delegate.”
Allan says one of the best things about being a delegate is being able to help others in his department.
“It’s such a great feeling to work with the union and my fellow staff members and create positive change in the workplace,” he says.
“I go in to see my manager at least once a week about workplace issues as I think it’s very important that they know what is going on.
“But I don’t just go in there and whinge; I go in there with a problem and work with them to find the best solution.”
Allan said he has many fond memories of being a United Voice delegate, in particular the annual Delegate Convention.
One campaign he has enjoyed working on is the ‘Six Star Workers Deserve Six Star Wages’, which coincided with the latest Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.
Members pushed for a six per cent pay rise each year for three years, with Crown originally only offering two per cent each year for three years.
Over the next five months, members continued to campaign for better wages and conditions, with Crown offering only very small wage increases.
After a tough fight by members, Crown eventually offered two reasonable options to members.
Members voted for an 11.5 per cent pay rise spread over three years and three months.
Allan said the majority of people were happy with what they won and as a store person, he himself won a yearly pay rise and a once off pay increase for the extra work he completes.
Whilst he and his fellow union members at Crown are proud of their hard work, Allan said it is important that more people sign up to the union and as delegates.
“It’s important to be able to make a contribution to your workplace,” he says.
“There are still so many fights we have to keep up with, such as saving penalty rates.
“There are no words to express how important penalty rates are to hospitality workers.
“Without them working weekends, late nights and early mornings just wouldn’t be worth it.”