SA Unions, the peak union organisation in South Australia, has a new Secretary in longtime unionist Angas Story.
President Jamie Newlyn says Mr Story was elected unopposed and his extensive background in the labour movement will be an asset to South Australian unions.
“Angas has great experience in industrial relations and policy development with a focus on employment conditions, skills development, education and training, workforce planning, work health and safety and youth issues.
“He has worked in the public and private sectors, for unions and for government, and brings a considerable breadth of knowledge to the role.”
Mr Story says he’s honoured to have won the position.
“The role of unions is more important than ever, with record low wage growth, stubbornly high youth unemployment, an increase in wage theft, dodgy labour hire operators and work, health and safety laws that need changing.
“I’ll be working hard with my colleagues in the union movement here in South Australia and nationally to change the rules so work is fairer for working people and their families.
“For instance, it shouldn’t be so hard for workers to organise together, to win safer workplaces and wage rises, or to fight for conditions that enrich us as a society, like paid domestic violence leave.
Mr Story was previously the Manager of Advocacy Services at SA Unions, and before that worked for the Australian Education Union and the Public Service Association.
He has filled the vacancy left by Joe Szakacs, who was recently elected to Parliament as the Member