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Union winter is coming

Union winter is coming

Past ANMF Union Summer participants

If you’re aged 30 years or under and passionate about your union, activism and social justice, then the Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) union winter internship program may be for you.

Union Winter aims to develop your activist, advocacy, understanding of ANMF and organising skills through a placement with ANMF (Vic Branch), training days at VTHC with other activists, and a small project on completion.

It will run for two weeks from Monday 26 June – Friday 7 July. Interns will complete three training days at VTHC (Monday 26 June, Monday 3 July and Fri 7 July) and they will spend the remaining days placed at ANMF.

This is a great opportunity for an ANMF student or graduate member to learn how the Branch provides industrial and professional support and representation to our 98,000 members.

Previous ANMF members who have completed Union Summer have said the program inspired them to become more active members.

What to expect

  • Visit an ANMF work site (e.g. hospital/facility) and meet delegates
  • Learn how to have an organising conversation
  • Attend a hearing at Fair Work Commission
  • Participate in a campaign event
  • Guest speakers from the union movement
  • Be given an overview of Branch organisational and structure, including rules
  • Exposure to VTHC Young Workers Centre
  • Conduct a project on a topic of your choosing
  • Visit the ANMF Federal Office

Pay and conditions

  • Adult minimum wage
  • You must be an ANMF member aged 30 years or younger
  • You must be available for the full fortnight Monday 26 June – Friday 7 July

Applications close 28 May, please head to the VTHC website.

This what some past participants have said about the program:

‘[It’s] a once in a lifetime opportunity to be surrounded by powerful and inspiring women who work everyday to change the nursing world and doing this program lets you be a part of it.’

‘Union Summer was a great way to see what ANMF does behind the scenes. We got to meet a broad range of teams and learn what they do.’

‘I’ve learnt a lot about EBAs, the Fair Work Act and various union-related knowledge that I had zero clue prior to this. The skills around organising conversations and campaign strategy will be useful in my volunteer position with effective altruism groups.’

‘This program has made me feel much more empowered to try to tackle disenfranchisement in my workplaces. I feel a lot more optimistic about organising in the workplace now that I have seen how effective that it can be.’