Workplace Rep Resources

Council of Trade Union Conferences, Hui and Fono 2021

As a member of the Council of Trade Unions (CTU), MERAS has the right to participate in the CTU Runanga and CTU sector groups – Women’s, Out @ Work (LGBTQI network), Komiti Pasefika, and Stand Up (the youth network).

The CTU Runanga and sector groups each run conferences, hui or fono every second year, normally held in the year between the CTU Biennial Conference. However, because of Covid-19 the Runanga and sector conferences were postponed to 2021, the same year as the Biennial Conference.

We are inviting those workplace reps who have previously completed our union education programmes to express an interest in attending one of these conferences, hui or fono. Each of these events are run as Employment Relations Education courses which means you will get paid leave to attend. They can also count towards your QLP leadership portfolio.

Out @ Work, being held by Zoom Wednesday, 3 March
Stand-Up, venue to be confirmed Week of 7 June
Women’s Council, Wellington Friday – Saturday, 16-17 July
Komiti Pasefika Fono, Wellington Thursday – Friday, 19-20 August
Runanga Hui, Whakaue Maketu Marae, Mt Maunganui Wednesday – Friday, 15-17 September
Biennial Conference, Wellington Thursday – Friday, 21-22 October

For further information, advice and support:

Caroline Conroy, Co-leader (Midwifery) caroline.conroy@meras.co.nz 027 688 8372

Jill Ovens, Co-leader (Industrial) Jill.ovens@meras.co.nz 021 598 530


Previous MERAS Events

MERAS Workplace Reps Conference 11 November 2020


Workplace Reps Resources

Workplace Reps Handbook

MERAS Workplace Reps Education 2020 flyer

Course Modules

Unit 1 – MERAS workplace representatives online introduction

Unit 2 – Introduction to being a Workplace Rep – About MERAS

Course Readings

  1. Barnes A and Markey R (2015. Evaluating the organising model. of trade unionism The Economic and Labour Relations Review.
  2. Boxall P and Haynes P (1997) Strategy and Trade Union Effectiveness in a Neo-liberal environment British Journal of Industrial Relations
  3. Peetz D, Murray G et al (2015). The meaning and making of union delegate networks. Labour Relations Review.
  4. Peetz D and Pocock B (2009). An analysis of workplace representatives union power and democracy in Australia. British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Useful Resources

Midwifery Staffing Standards

Recruitment & Retention Strategy

Conflict Resolution

MERAS Roster principles

Writing your Pepeha

Songs for Union Women

Video Clips

Norma Rae – Union Sign