Born out of a desire to stay connected to the field of union work and political activism, retired members of United Voice have come to together as part of the Retired Members Group.
The group began as a way for members who are used to being incredibly active during their time at United Voice and in the workplace to retain activism, as well as pass down knowledge to the next generation of workplace leaders and union activists.
Retired United Voice member Dawn says she loves being a part of the Retired Members Group because it allows her the chance to give back to the organisation she has loved for more than eleven years.
“Just the satisfaction of knowing I’m there if someone wants to talk about whatever and just help anyone with anything; that’s what I get out of it.”
Dawn began at United Voice eleven years ago when she worked at Armadale Hospital, and went on to become a delegate.
“I learned how to tell the right things, I had a voice. I became a delegate and fought for people when things weren’t right.”
Fellow retired member Brian hopes to offer the benefit of his experience, as a proud union member for more than forty years.
“When you’re involved the way I like to be involved, the only way to do it is continuing your union membership.
"We are still very much affected, just as much as the younger people with penalty rates and so on.
"I relied very heavily on penalty rates – they were massive for me, working six days, six nights, six days."
Both agree that a change in government is vital to protect workers’ rights and ensure a better future for everyone in Western Australia.
To join the Retired Members Group, contact Jessica Short at United Voice on 0424 136 003.