Industrial Researcher - Equal Remuneration Case

United Voice is looking for an enthusiastic person with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in industrial relations, law or related disciplines to undertake a project-based research and organising role in the National Office. This role will be undertaken part-time on a fixed-term basis for one year.

The position sits under the broad direction of the National President and the occupant will be expected to work as part of a team and individually to provide high quality, professional and timely research and industrial advice and support to ensure the best outcomes for members.

Primarily, the Industrial Researcher is responsible for managing industrial case work for United Voice’s Equal Remuneration Case. This may include industry and legal research, working with counsel, staff, branches and members to draft submissions and evidence, and all aspects of industrial case work.

This position presents development opportunities for a person with 2-4 years’ experience who is interested in a career in trade union advocacy and member representation. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience managing research or policy project work. An essential criterion is a demonstrated commitment to United Voice values, and understanding of equal remuneration legislation and practice is highly desirable.

United Voice members work in a wide range of industries across Australia. Significant areas of coverage include cleaning, security, childcare, aged care, education, hospitality, health, and manufacturing. The industrial researcher work is focussed on members in ECEC.


The main project duties of the position are to:

  • Work under limited direction with internal staff and, as requested, external counsel to manage day-to-day processes in the Equal Remuneration Case, within a coordinated strategic plan.
  • Manage the production of affidavits from members and organisers around the country in consultation with United Voice state branches and industrial staff, including travelling interstate to interview witnesses for the case where necessary.
  • Manage the day-to-day coordination of case research evidence, working with external partners, academics, internal research staff and branches to commission and ensure the success of research projects.
  • Undertake industrial, policy and legal research and submissions as required by the National President to ensure the success of the case;
  • Contribute logistical and industrial advice and support to the Quality Matters campaign in early childhood education and care (ECEC) as required, and assist in the day to day preparation of relatable communications material on industrial matters
  • assist in the preparation of strategic advice to the leadership of United Voice where required.

Selection   Criteria - Required skills, knowledge and abilities


The skills essential for the position are:


sound policy or industrial      experience in the application of the Federal legislative environment;


A minimum of 2 years’ experience      in industrial work, organising or project management and the demonstrated      ability to work to a plan with limited supervision.


well-developed research, analytical,      problem solving skills and a capacity to contribute to strategic planning;


Outcomes focussed, with the      capacity to work to a tight deadline with competing priorities and      undertake significant interstate travel.


strong verbal and written      communication skills and the ability to develop relationships with      government, academic and community research and interest groups; and


a demonstrated commitment to United      Voice values and trade unionism generally.


Skills that are not essential but highly regarded include


  • A policy or industrial background in equal remuneration legislation and case law in Australia or internationally


  • A demonstrated vocational commitment to achieving pay equity for low paid workers.


Formal   qualifications


University level qualifications in law, industrial relations or economics, or substantial work experience while working towards an appropriate degree are highly desirable for this position.


Delegations   of authority




Applying   for position


When applying for the above position please ensure you include:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Additional document addressing the selection criteria

Please send completed application to Julie.sprake@unitedvoice.org.au

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United Voice National Office, REDFERN NSW

Closing Date

Friday, May 01, 2015

Closing Time

05:00 PM


303 Cleveland St
Redfern, NSW 2016

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Contact Name

Julie Sprake

Contact Email

Contact Phone

8204 3000

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