An active Rep in a school is a valuable Union asset. But what happens when that Rep moves on? IEU Organiser Pat Devery looks at what schools are doing to ensure the smooth transition to a new Chapter Rep.
St Mary’s Catholic Primary North Sydney recently provided a textbook example of effective succession planning for their Chapter Rep.
“After the last campaign I just had the feeling I needed to pass on the baton,” long time IEU Rep Cathy McGuire said.
“I thought Anna possessed a number of qualities indicating she was more than ready to take on the role,” she said of newly elected Rep Anna Luedi.
Confidence, good people skills and an interest in the broader political landscape were attributes McGuire identified in Luedi.
“When growing up, strong female leaders such as Germany’s Angela Merkel influenced Anna’s political sensibilities.
It was refreshing to have a younger member of staff interested in current world events and keen to have political conversations in the staff room,” McGuire said.
Luedi attributes her Union activism to her father, “a very politically minded person” as well as the strong influence of having seen McGuire operate as an effective Chapter Rep.
‘My father was a Professor of Art Direction in Munich and fought strongly on intellectual property and copyright issues,” Luedi said.
Luedi said: “Cathy has also been a powerful influence, showing me how to be strong and brave in the workplace”.