On the first day of Spring – September 1 – the Emma Miller Awards were held to celebrate committed grass roots union members rising up to grow and strengthen our union movement.
As QCU General Secretary Ros McLennan said during her welcome speech: “It’s pretty special that, one hundred years after her death that labour legend / union pioneer / suffragette and all round rock star Emma Miller still gives the Queensland union movement an opportunity to reflect on our collective achievements and gives us strength for the challenges ahead.”
Her speech touched on the achievements of the union movement this year and in past years, as well as the honouring those entered in the Emma Miller Awards and the emerging activists of the Anna Stewart Memorial Project.
“They are in their own way wielding a hat pin to improve their own lives through their union, and just as importantly, to improve the working lives of their workmates, their families and their communities,” she said.
Emma Miller Award winners for 2017 are:
- Michelle Giles- Queensland Teachers Union
- Jennifer Mairu – Together Queensland
- Carolyn Cope – National Tertiary Education Union
- Maria Halwood – United Voice
- Fae Morgan – Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union
- Annie Battersby – Rail, Tram and Bus Union
- Rosemary Larkin – The Services Union
- Jenny Finlay – Independent Education Union Qld & NT
- Danielle McDade – Community and Public Sector Union
- Helen Lum – Finance Sector Union
Congratulations to all!