Industrial Officer - United Voice NSW

Overview of position

United Voice NSW Branch is a union of workers organising to win better jobs, stronger communities, a fairer society and a sustainable future. The NSW Branch represents workers in a range of industries including early childhood education and care, cleaning, home care, hospitality and gaming, security and manufacturing.

 This position is responsible for representing the union and members in industrial and associated tribunals, providing advice to organising staff about industrial matters, negotiation and representation with employers on collective and individual matters and contributing to the industrial strategy of the branch.



  • Advising members both verbally and in writing of their rights and obligations under industrial law and industrial instruments
  • Representing members in cases before courts and Tribunals including preparation of  claims, evidence and advocacy
  • Representing the union in industrial matters, for example Award matters
  • Drafting of legal documents including claims and applications, evidence, contracts and enterprise agreements
  • Participate in enterprise bargaining negotiations and ensure compliance with the legislative regime in all aspects of the bargaining process
  • Representing members and the unions in collective and individual meetings with employers and peak bodies
  • Preparing communication for members and workers in relation to the union’s industrial activities
  • Contributing to the union’s strategic and campaign decision making from an industrial perspective
  • Researching industrial matters to ensure that members’ cases and the unions strategy is effectively utilising the industrial landscape
  • Identifying organising opportunities

Selection criteria - Required skills, knowledge and abilities


  • legal or industrial law experience;
  • a demonstrated commitment to union values and social justice;
  • ability to participate in the union’s political and social justice agenda;
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • proven ability to manage a caseload;
  • experience in advocacy, negotiation and representation;
  • computer literacy and ability to use MS Office.

 The role is subject to the person’s ability to have and maintain a valid Right of Entry under Federal and State legislation.


To be discussed on appointment

Formal qualifications

 A law degree or extensive practical industrial relations experience required

Delegations of authority



Applications to include the following:

1. Cover Letter addressed to

Mark Boyd, Secretary United Voice NSW Locked Bag 12, Haymarket NSW 1240

2. CV outlining the candidates experience and qualifications and the names and contact details of 3 referees.

3. Email application to sierra.hirt@unitedvoice.org.au using the subject line: Industrial Officer application via EthicalJobs.


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United Voice NSW

Closing Date

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Closing Time

05:00 PM


L 1 187 Thomas St
Haymarket, NSW 2000

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