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Name: Peter Stratford
Comment: There could be few better examples of a “tin ear” that this management committee proposal to have the new Federal Secretary appointed, rather than elected by the full membership, especially in Abbott’s brave new world. There are enough “faceless men” in political parties and it would seem in unions. The committee, in its headhunting, needs to be as transparent as clear glass in order to keep reaffirming the principle of representative democracy, so that decisions can be seen to be those of the members. If we don’t have a say, why should we bother to be financial?
Name: Steve D’Arcy, Fairfax Media
Comment: The MEAA is already run by a bunch of ALP left wing lovers…at least let us have the fantasy of thinking we can elect an impartial Fed Sec….
Name: Jeff Waters, ABC Melbourne
Comment: As Victorian ABC delegate to Federal Council, I fully endorse this initiative and encourage all MEAA members to ensure our organisation isn’t hijacked by anyone. We need to be the most democratic, and most transparent, of all unions/professional organisations. Please show your support.
Name: Suzi Taylor, ABC Open
Comment: Right now, it’s more important than ever that MEAA represents the values of inclusiveness, solidarity and democracy that we aim to promote in our workplaces. If we do not get the say over who runs our union, I will immediately be stopping my membership and I know that many others feel the same way. The government is trying to undermine unions at every opportunity – don’t give them more ammunition to make the case that our spines are being broken from within.
Name: Helen Vines
Comment: I want to be able to vote for the person who represents me. Basic right, I’d say.
Name: Abbe Holmes
Comment: I’ve listened to the position put on way the Union needs to adjust and adapt to changes and many have merit, but I believe that the proposal to abolish the model for electing our leader, is quite simply ‘a mistake!’
Name: Alison Caldwell, ABC Victoria
Comment: I’d like to be able to have a voice in determining who heads our union, as has always been the case.
Name: Kate Walsh, Fairfax
Comment: Members should have a direct say in who takes up the federal secretary position.
Name: Gaye Burrows, Illawarra Mercury
Comment: I strongly disagree with the MEAA’s management committee who want to appoint the next union leader themselves, disenfranchising me as a paying member. I want a more democratic and professional union run by its members for its members.
Name: Antony Field
Comment: Totally agree with the campaign to retain direct election for the head of the MEAA. The union should be focused on the needs and views of its members and we should have the right to decide who will lead us. It shouldn’t be up to a select group of individuals to make that choice for us. If the union wants active and passionate members, a corporate management structure that moves away from grassroots democracy is not the way to go.