Worksite representatives and Professional Development and Policy Representatives
ANMF (SA Branch) members are represented in the workplace by Worksite Representatives (WSRs) and Professional Development and Policy Representatives (PDPRs). Representatives provide a ready source of advice and support for all ANMF (SA Branch) members and have access to specialised training provided by the ANMF (SA Branch).
The WSR and PDPR roles are critical to the effective functioning of the ANMF (SA Branch). A strong professional and industrial organisation improves the work environment and enhances productivity and quality of service delivery; this benefits everyone from employers and employees to patients and the wider community.
WSRs and PDPRs
It is vital that all wards, teams and health units have their own WSRs and PDPRs to develop and provide local leadership to nurses, midwives and personal care assistants.Good representation ensures that the ANMF (SA Branch) can take appropriate action, if necessary, when workplace related issues arise.
The role of a WSR
A Worksite Representative is an ANMF (SA Branch) member elected and accountable to fellow members in a workplace to represent the interests of those members and to promote the role of work of the ANMF (SA Branch). The fundamental role of a Worksite Representative is to represent members in the worksite and to maintain active communication between members and ANMF (SA Branch) Officers and Staff.
A Worksite Representative Charter, including a Code of Conduct, has been developed to assist in clarifying the role.
A copy of the Charter is available here.
The role of a PDPR is to act as a resource person at the worksite in relation to professional development and policy matters and to link members with relevant ANMF (SA Branch) Officers.
The responsibilities of WSRs and PDRs
Maintaining regular contact with members by:
- Encouraging interest and discussion
- Relating concerns/issues and general information from members to the relevant ANMF (SA Branch) Officer.
Distributing ANMF (SA Branch) information by:
- Promoting themselves as WSRs or PDPRs
- Displaying current material on notice boards
- Making membership forms available
- Circulating approved publications
- Promoting the services and policies of the ANMF (SA Branch)
Providing basic advice and representation on relevant topics in the workplace by:
- Assisting members to access relevant material at the worksite
- Referring matters to an ANMF (SA Branch) Officer if an issue falls outside their range of knowledge or competence
Organising and participating in recruitment activities in the worksite by:
- Encouraging non-members and other workplace leaders and activists to join the ANMF (SA Branch)
- Identifying workplace areas with low membership and targeting promotion to these areas (in collaboration with ANMF (SA Branch) Officers)
- Advising an ANMF (SA Branch) Officer of any concern with service or other relevant issues
Acting in accordance with the rules, objectives and policies of the ANMF (SA Branch), including maintaining confidentiality regarding individual member matters.
Rights of WSRs and PDPRs
As a WSR or PDPR you are entitled to recognition and respect for the important role you play. Your employer is required to support your role by:
- Providing reasonable paid time to perform the role*
- Respecting your right to represent members
- Not discriminating on the basis of the role
- Providing a designated bulletin board to ensure that ANMF (SA Branch) information is visible and available for all staff to access
- Providing you with the ability to access union training leave*
- Allowing access to members and potential members at all times
- Providing time to convene official union meetings
* This is dependent upon the employee’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement providing a relevant leave provision.
How to be an effective WSR/PDPR
Recruit new members and worksite representatives
The more members there are, the stronger the ANMF (SA Branch) can be. Strong ANMF (SA Branch) membership in the workplace assists the ANMF (SA Branch) and ANF to negotiate better outcomes in matters including enterprise bargaining, better wages and improved working conditions.
Recruiting additional WSRs and PDPRs will assist you in performing your role in the workplace.
Keep members informed
Pass on information that comes from ANMF (SA Branch) to members by holding meetings, using appropriate notice boards and through informal contact.
Make yourself known
Introduce yourself to existing and potential members. Make sure they know your role and how they can contact you. Attend all member meetings and encourage your colleagues to do so too.
Advise members to bring any problems or issues to you as the WSR or PDPR in the first instance. If you require assistant, please contact the Duty Officer who will provide advice.
Undertake ANMF (SA Branch) online modules and, once completed, enroll yourself in face-to-face sessions if possible.
Arrange regular worksite meetings
If there are a number of WSRs and PDPRs at your worksite, endeavor to meet regularly to discuss current issues or ideas on dispute management and to plan recruitment strategies.
Consult the ANMF (SA Branch) regularly regarding concerns or queries about any potential disputes. Try to resolve issues by discussion and negotiation, however, always seek ANMF (SA Branch) advice and support if you are unsure or need further assistance.
Recruiting new members
How to create sense of excitement about the ANMF (SA Branch)
Being part of such a strong and respected organisation that helps to protect, develop and empower its members, ANMF (SA Branch) has so many immediate benefits as well as working towards achieving long-term improvements for the profession and the community for whom we care.
How to create some excitement:
- Talk about how are going with doing their CPD hours and as a member they are able to access on line for free at ANMF (SA Branch) the Continuing Professional Development Tutorials.
- Talk openly about the up and coming EBA and what they would like changed
- Bring in your copy of the In Touch and ANMJ magazines
- Talk about the weekly e-bulletins and ask if they have read them
Pick your moment
By asking some simple questions to find out if they are members:
- did you see in the ANMF (SA Branch) e-bulletin this week?
- have you used the ANMF (SA Branch) website before?
- Did you read the In Touch magazine or ANMJ?
If not a member, talk to them about the 20 good reasons.
- highlight the points that matter to them on the 20 good reasons page or refer them to the web link
- How the fees are tax deductible
- how membership subscription is calculated on your hours worked
Don’t forget to ask them how they feel about the information you have just shown them. Then let them know that you do have application forms with you and you can help them become a member today.