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					FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE                                      Plenary and Workshop Sessions

Thursday 26th July                       Opening Ceremony

Aboriginal Welcome –Auntie Josie Agius, Kaurna Elder

Auntie Josie is Elder of the Kaurna people. She grew up in Point Pearce on the Yorke Penninsula
and continues to have strong connections with her family and people who have come from that

She is dedicated to keeping Aboriginal culture and language alive and this is seen through her
tireless work with her community. She was one of South Australia's first Aboriginal Health and also
Education Worker in the schools. She currently devotes a lot of her time to the Port Youth Theatre.
Her passion is working alongside young people, in which she nurtures, supports and guides them
to achieve their life goals. Auntie Josie is a friend and supporter of the South Australian union
movement and is here to give the traditional Welcome to Country, please welcome Auntie Josie.

Ministerial Welcome – Hon Paul Caica MP, Minister for Youth, Minister for
Employment, Training and Further Education

Paul Caica was elected as the Member for Colton on in Feb 2002. Paul attended Henley Primary
and High Schools before graduating from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985.

Prior to his election Paul was a Firefighter for almost 20 years. Between 1991 and 1997 Paul held
the full-time position of Secretary of the South Australian United Firefighters Union and as the
National Secretary of the United Firefighters Union from 1998-2002.

Football, basketball, cricket and fishing are some of the sports Paul enjoys being involved in with
his children. Coach, umpire and supporter are key roles he plays.

Paul is particularly interested in the choices and options and the availability of education pathways
for all South Australians. He is a great supporter of the many initiatives that make up the SA Unions
U-Who Project. In particular Paul has hosted participants of the Sovanna Soy Union Youth
Leadership program at Parliament House for the past two years.

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Thursday 26th July                        Plenary #1- Stories of Anger
Chair: Janet Giles, Secretary SA Unions

Janet Giles is currently the Secretary of SA Unions, the peak trade union body in South Australia.
Born in SA and educated in SA public schools, she started work as a primary school teacher and
worked in country and metropolitan schools as a class room teacher and a school counsellor
during which time she also worked as a union organiser for the Australian Education Union.

She was the Vice President and President of the SA branch of the AEU from 1992- 2002. She was
also Federal Vice President of the AEU for part of this time. She currently sits on the ACTU
executive, the Workcover Board of SA , the Safework SA advisory committee, the Premiers Council
for Women and the SA Industrial Relations Advisory committee. She is currently a member of the
SA strategic plan audit committee.

She is married with two teenage children. She regularly attends her gym and when she has spare
time enjoys gardening, cooking, reading and making short movies. Janet has been an activist for
most of her life on a range of social justice issues, including Reconciliation, Justice for Refugees,
the Women’s movement and of course workers rights. Janet has been a fantastic supporter and
mentor for young people involved in the U-Who Project.

Olivia Guarna, Co-ordinator, Young Workers Legal Service

Olivia Guarna is the Coordinator and Industrial Officer at the Young Workers Legal Service. She
has a Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice, both from
Flinders University. She has had a personal interest in social justice issues and the union
movement since a student and a while at university was an active member of Amnesty
International and campus student politics.

Olivia joined the YWLS as a student advisor in January 2005. After travelling overseas following
graduation, she returned to the Service in October 2005 as the Service Coordinator. Olivia notes
that it has been a difficult and challenging time since the Howard Government’s WorkChoices
legislation. However she says that working with YWLS volunteer advisors and assisting young
workers to have a voice in the legal system makes everyday rewarding and inspiring.

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Thursday 26th July                         Plenary #1- Stories of Anger
Key Note Speaker: Andrea Madeley

The manufacturing industry opened many doors for Andrea Madeley as a young Mum looking
for an opportunity to build a career for herself and a life for her son. She was a single parent with
dreams and a strong belief that the right attitude and lots of hard work would eventually give her
and her son Daniel their 'happily ever after' ending. However, she ended up in a real life

In June 2004 a workplace accident took away Daniel's life at age 18. His death prompted Andrea
to fight for him, for herself and for other families caught up in the horror of workplace fatalities. In
response, Andrea formed the lobby and support group Voice of Industrial Death (VOID) in May

Andrea’s presentation is called 'Reflections'. It aims to open the mind and heart to a's a
life journey and it's not a pleasant one. Andrea hopes that Daniel's message is powerful enough so
that those who hear it will go onto their own 'happily ever after'.

Debrief: Lynn Hall, Educator Australian Education Union-SA Branch

Lynn Hall has been working as a union educator with the Australian Education Union for over 10
years. During this time she has also provided facilitation and workshop sessions for a range of
other unions and community groups both within SA and interstate. She previously worked as a
curriculum writer, teacher and union activist.

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Thursday 26th July               Plenary #2 - Stories of Hope
Chair: Mathew Johnston, Assistant Branch Secretary Community and Public
Sector Union (TAS)

Mat Johnston graduated from the University of Tasmania with an Arts Degree specialising in
literary and cultural theory. Mat worked in hospitality for eight years before commencing work at
the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) in February 2003 and was soon promoted to Lead
Organiser. In June 2004 Mat was elected Assistant Branch Secretary of the CPSU. Over the last
few years Mat has developed a particular interest in the justice system and corrections in
Tasmania. Currently he is studying towards an MBA and when not at work or studying spends
nearly all his time watching football!

Key Note Speaker: Simon Oosterman, National Distribution Union New Zealand

Simon Oosterman is the Publicity and Media Liaison for the National Distribution Union (NDU). He
was actively involved in the Supersizemypay campaign at Unite Union and at the NDU continues to
be active and effective on organising and campaigning around the Youth Rates campaign. He was
instrumental in recently unionising the one and only theme park in New Zealand – Rainbows End.

In New Zealand, hundreds of fast food workers waged an innovative campaign called
Supersizemypay during 2005-06. Supersizemypay aimed to re-brand fast food management
practices as anti-worker, based upon exploitation and poverty wages. One of the key tactics of the
campaign was attacking the brands identity. The campaign was also based upon short but sharp
strikes, flying pickets and community support from outside the union.

On Nov. 23 2005, the first industrial action of the campaign kicked off with the worlds first
Starbucks Strike in K-Road, Auckland. What began as a small protest by workers from one store
became a city-wide strike when Starbucks workers heard that managers would be brought in to
cover the shifts of the striking K-Road workers. Young workers spontaneously walked out from 10
different Auckland Starbucks stores to join KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonalds employees and around
150 other supporters outside the K-Road store.

Through campaigns like SuperSizeMyPay, unions, students and young workers are now
campaigning to end youth rates. For those under 16 there is no minimum wage protection at all,
employers can pay whatever they want. This means that 15 year olds can legally get paid $5 or
less for stacking supermarket shelves or making pizza.

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Thursday 26th July                     Plenary #2 - Stories of Hope
Story from School – Georgia Roberts, Tristan O'Brien, Pippa Williams, Georgia
Oliver, Unley High School Youth Environment Group
Georgia, Tristan, Pippa and Georgia are Year 12 students at Unley High School.

The Unley High School Environment Group is an active, youth-led group that initiates and manages
many environmental projects and campaigns in the school and community. The group's focus is to
make Unley High School sustainable and environmentally friendly, whilst involving other students
and the community in promoting and understanding global and local environmental issues. The
group's mentor, teacher Rob Carthew, assists the students but never leads or controls them,
leaving a clear path for youth leadership - a strong aspect of the group.

The Environment Group has links with other organisations and programs, for example, The
Sustainable Schools Program (a joint initiative of DECS and the Department for Environment and
Heritage) and Wipe Out Waste (run by KESAB). A number of the students in the group are also
members of the Youth Environment Council of South Australia.

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Thursday 26th July                       Plenary #2: Stories of Hope
Story from the Community – Chelsea Lewis and Clementine Ford, YWCA
Chelsea Lewis is the Policy Officer at the YWCA of Adelaide. She has previously worked as a
journalist and in filmmaking and loves the power of images in sharing stories. As a relatively new
mum she is now slightly obsessed with the world in which her daughter will grow up in.

Clementine Ford is the Project Officer for Young Women at the YWCA of Adelaide. She is a strong
supporter of viral campaigning and digital activism, and participates actively in both areas.
Clementine is always looking for new and more complicated ways to live her life entirely on the

For International No Diet Day 2007, the YWCA of Adelaide created a photographic mural in the
mall celebrating the things people love most about their bodies and themselves. From this, Chelsea
Lewis and Clementine Ford created a digital storytelling project. Their experience of this event
showed them that people respond very well to projects with immediate results and a human
element. Seeing a wall of photographs with positive messages allows viewers to engage with a
project both physically and emotionally.

Chelsea and Clementine will present their digital story along with a background of their project from
start to finish. They will teach you how viral campaigning and digital activism can be used to deliver
campaigns in a way that has never been done previously.

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Thursday 27th July                        Workshops: Stories of Action
#1 Youth Affairs Council of SA (YACSA)
Young People and Campaigning
This workshop will provide an overview of the potential for young people to have an impact on their
local communities through campaigning and outline the key principles and steps of campaigning.

You Say You Want A Revolution? Well, You Know…
A revolution is only as good as its theme song!!! So, let’s put our heads together and come up with
p.s don’t panic about singing we might just chant or clap!!!

Jennifer Duncan, Executive Director of the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA)
Jody Anderson, Training and Resource Development Officer, (YACSA)
The Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) is the peak body representing the youth
sector and young people in South Australia.

YACSA was formed in 1980 and has a vision of young people as vital and valued members of their
community. YACSA is a non-government organisation. We are not aligned with any political party
or movement and we advocate on the range of issues that affect the quality of young people’s
lives. Any young person between the ages of 12 and 25 is eligible for membership of YACSA at no
cost and we provide many opportunities for young people to get involved in our activities,
campaigns and advocacy. Further information on YACSA is available at

#2 Working to Live or Living to Work – Young Christian Workers Adelaide

Is your job more meaningful than the dollar sum you are given for doing it? Work is not just about
collecting money – it can be about belonging to a community where you can build friendships,
sharing your ideas and skills by contributing to society and experiencing a deeper meaning in your
self-worth. This workshop will explore how work influences our identity by giving us a sense of
purpose in our lives and the balance between life and work.

The Young Christian Workers (YCW) is an international movement that is run by, for and with
young people between the ages of 18-30. The YCW seeks to organise, educate and empower
young people to be leaders of positive change within their own lives and their community. The
YCW believes that both personal and collective action is the starting point for building justice,
dignity and harmony into the fabric of society.

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Thursday 27th July                 Workshops: Stories of Action

#3 Engaging Young Workers – Raphaelle Kennedy, ACTU Education and
                            Campaign Centre
In 2006 the Howard Government made significant changes to industrial relations laws that has
resulted in the removal of protection from unfair dismissal for millions of workers and make it easier
for employers to push workers onto individual contracts that undercut take home pay and
employment conditions. Young people have been particularly affected by the laws
• Strip back award conditions.
Before the laws were introduced, many young people were already in a precarious employment
relationship, with low wages, high rates of injury, discrimination and harassment and with little to no
bargaining power in the workplace. Now, young people entering the workforce for the first time
 do not have any choice but to agree to conditions imposed on them by employers if they want a job.

This workshop will focus on the two models currently being used to engage young people in the
Your Rights at Work campaign, and will provide an overview of current organising strategies from
around the country that focus on young workers. Conference participants will be encouraged to
give their perspective on the issues surrounding young people’s participation in the campaign and
more broadly in the union movement. It is an opportunity for workshop participants to generate
ideas and strategies that unions and the ACTU Education Centre can implement to increase young
people’s participation in unions.

Raphaelle is an Educator/Organiser in the Melbourne office of the Australian Council of Trade
Unions (ACTU). She is currently coordinating the Rights at Work campaign for the Education and
Campaign Centre and also works on Organiser development through various scheduled courses.

Prior to joining the ACTU, Raph worked on bargaining and organising campaigns primarily within
the airline industry at the Australian Services Union in both NSW and QLD and with actors and
journalists at the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance.

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Friday 27th July                   Setting the Scene

Chris Walton, Assistant Secretary Australian Council of Trade Unions
Chris Walton has worked in the union movement for 21 years, starting with the Australian Bank
Employees Union, then the amalgamated Finance Sector Union. In 1994 Chris joined the ACTU to
set up the traineeship program for Organisers, Organising Works. He has since spent years driving
the necessary changes in unions to ensure they grow in strength and numbers.

Chris Walton was elected as the ACTU’s Assistant Secretary in November 2002. Since 2005 he
has been coordinating the Your Rights at Work campaign. Chris developed the political and
community strategy and the Rights at Work website which now has 170,000 members. In 2006
Chris developed Unions Australia, providing a simple process for people to join their union.

Workshops: Campaigning Tools

#1. Listening Post: Kate Coleman, Educator ACTU Education and Campaign

The Listening Post workshop will focus on the art of strategic questioning. Strategic questioning is
the skill of asking questions that will make a difference. Asking a question that leads to a strategy
for action is a powerful contribution to resolving any problem. It is a powerful tool for personal and
social change as it helps people discover their own strategies and ideas for change.

Strategic questioning involves a special type of question and a special type of listening. Asking
questions and listening for the strategies and ideas embedded in people’s answers can be the
greatest service a social change worker can give to a particular issue. It is a process that usually
changes the listener as well as the person being questioned.

Listening Post will enable participants to put the theory behind the skill into action when they
venture out into the grounds of the University of Adelaide to question and listen to unsuspecting

Kate Coleman is an Educator/Development Officer based in Adelaide. Kate commenced working
with the ACTU Education & Campaign Centre in the first half of 2004. Kate is a former Secretary of
the SA Branch of the Community and Public Sector Union and led its national education team. Kate
works closely with SA Unions and its affiliates to support key initiatives of the Council including the
youth project and building union membership and activism in South Australia.

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Friday 27th July                   Workshops: Campaigning Tools
#2. Campaigning and the Media: Kathie Muir, Senior Lecturer Gender, Work
and Social Inquiry, University of Adelaide

Sometimes it is not enough to have ‘right on your side’. It is how you present the case that wins
your point. Whilst this has always been a factor in developing strategy and designing campaigns
and publicity it is even more critical now. People increasingly rely upon media reports and opinions
presented in the media to make up their mind on many significant social and political issues.

One of the significant current challenges facing the labour movement is to communicate effectively
its concerns about the WorkChoices, unfair dismissal and related legislation to the broader
Australian community. This workshop session will encompass a practical exploration of some of the
ways that people (including the media and our political opponents) create meanings about trade
unions, work, fairness, choice and rights.

Kathie Muir is a Senior Lecturer in Gender, Work and Social Inquiry. Her teaching and research
spans the areas of gender, labour, media and politics. She has published articles on the gendered
representation of politicians in the media; the media campaigning of social movements; reporting
the fashion industry; gender representation in trade unions; and labour and cultural work in both
Australia and internationally.

Currently she is undertaking a major comparative study of the Australian labour movement's media
campaign against the WorkChoices legislation and recent Canadian labour movement campaigns.
Kathie worked as a cultural worker, artist and organiser with community organisations for several
years before joining Gender, Work and Social Inquiry.

#3. Building the Power for Change: Jonathan Mill, National Training Director
Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)

Using a technique developed amongst the members of the MEAA, find out how to become an
agent for change in your workplace, your industry and within your community. The power for
change is within us all and it begins with a simple conversation.

Jonathan Mill is the National Training Director of the MEAA. With 20 years experience as a
delegate, organiser, official and campaign director, he brings all of this together in his work as a
union trainer.

The MEAA is the union and professional organisation which covers everyone in the media,
entertainment, sports and arts industries. Members include people working in TV, radio, theatre &
film, entertainment venues, recreation grounds, journalists, actors, dancers, sportspeople,
cartoonists, photographers, orchestral & opera performers as well as people working in public
relations, advertising, book publishing & website production fact everyone who works in the
industries that inform or entertain Australians.
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Friday 27th July                 Where To From Here?

Sharan Burrow, President Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
Sharan studied teaching at the University of NSW in 1976 and began her teaching career in high
schools around country NSW. Through her involvement in the NSW Teachers Federation, Sharan
became President of the Australian Education Union in 1992.

In May 2000 Sharan Burrow became the second woman to be elected ACTU President. In October
2000 Sharan also became the first ever woman to be elected President of the International
Confederation of Free Trade Unions Asia Pacific Region Organisation.

Sharan is currently President of the International Centre for Trade Union Rights, a member of the
governing body of the International Labour Organisation and a member of the Stakeholder Council
of the Global Reporting Initiative.

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