As the day-to-day face of the union in the workplace, delegates have a crucial role to play in the PSA.
Members look to delegates as workplace leaders on issues that matter to them.
Without delegates, the PSA would not be able to function.
It is essential that delegates are not seen as having an axe to grind with management or a fellow member.
Delegates must be calm, considered, respectful and professional in all their dealings. Credibility with both colleagues and management is an enormously powerful tool and is essential to being able to function effectively on behalf of the PSA.
In essence, delegates are responsible for protecting, and wherever possible, advancing, the interests and rights of members at the local level and for the effective functioning of the departmental committee, branch or workplace group.
United we bargain, divided we beg. The more members the PSA has, the greater its bargaining position. The greater our bargaining power, the greater our ability to protect and improve conditions.
This is where delegates come in – to organise their fellow workers and make sure they are active, united and strong.
Our strength depends on union officials being across the wishes and needs of members and members, in turn, understanding and participating in the collective decision-making processes.
Delegates are responsible for ensuring that communication flow.
Delegates can be treated as having the same legal standing as an official of the union.
For that reason, it is important that delegates carry out their duties in a manner that in no way reflects adversely or may damage the union. If ever in doubt, PSA organisers can be contacted.