Samantha Danalis joined the IEU in early September, joining the IEU’s team of expert industrial officers who provide granular advice on industrial matters to members (and the IEU’s organisers) in relation to both individual and collective workplace issues.
Sam brings to the IEU a wealth of experience gleaned from six years at the Maritime Union of Australia. She also brings a deep belief in the power of the union movement. “I’ve always had a strong sense of social justice with a particular passion for workers’ rights,” she says.
“I believe the only way workers can achieve the best industrial outcomes possible is by fighting as a collective. Unions have the resources to empower members achieve this outcome.”
Before joining the IEU, Sam considered becoming a teacher, so she is motivated by a deep respect for education. “A union that represents teachers is the perfect fit for me,” she says. “I jumped at the opportunity to work for the IEU. I’ve worked for unions across different industries and have absolute respect and admiration for workers in the education sector.