United Voice is one of Australia’s oldest and largest unions, with a proud progressive history of more than 100 years of making life better for working Australians everywhere. United Voice is one of Australia’s largest and most diverse unions and represents members in a range of sectors including early childhood education and care, cleaning, security, hospitality, manufacturing and health and education.
HOW WE MAKE DECISIONS
Members get together in local branches and elect their local branch leadership every four years. Their local branch council meetings help set the agenda and direction of the union as a whole.
Each branch also works to support members in their workplaces, run innovative, strategic campaigns and engage with political leaders and decision-makers.
United Voice National Council is the national platform for making decisions about the future direction of our union.
The National Council elects the National Executive, ensuring that members’ voices are heard and vocalised at every level of United Voice.
Jo-anne Schofield is the National Secretary of United Voice. Jo-anne has been a long time member, official and activist within United Voice and previously held the roles of National President and Assistant National Secretary. Jo-anne has also worked extensively with community and not-for-profit organisations to advance issues of social justice, inequality and corporate social responsibility.
ASSISTANT NATIONAL SECRETARY
Helen Gibbons has been a proud member of her union for all her working life. As a United Voice delegate in South Australia, she was involved in the union’s first early childhood education and care campaign and has since organised workers in aged care, disabilities, hotels, cleaning, and casinos, working with them to build better jobs and a powerful voice. Helen is committed to empowering members to stand up, speak out and be heard.