Union education for social work members

PSA SWAN network invites all social work members to two days of union education.

The PSA Social Work Action Network

Invites you to two days of union education for social work members

To be Held at:
The Fickling Centre
Lynfield Room 548 Mount Albert Road
Three Kings

25-26 February 2016

SWAN invites you to two days of Union Education for PSA Social Work members who wish to further their involvement and become activists within the Social Workers Action Network and the PSA.

 We will begin by building on member’s social work knowledge and looking at how the social work values of upholding justice and human rights correlate with the work that trade unions do in advocating for social and economic justice for their members and across society. By the end of the course participants will have gained an understanding of workplace issues affecting social workers across different fields of practice,  organising unionism and techniques for building  participation and networking , the role of campaigns and advocacy and be ready to take an active role within the SWAN network and/or the wider PSA /union movement

The workshops will be run by SWAN organisers Amy Ross and Debbie Taylor who are Union Organisers with the PSA and also Registered Social Workers.

The Course will attract Employment Relations Education Leave as Organising in our Industries Course No: 526 – NZCTU and affiliated unions.

Register your expression of interest here.

Expressions of interest will close by the end of day on 9 February

We will get back to you to confirm your place by 12 February 

We believe this will be a great opportunity for networking with other Social workers across the PSA and exploring how we can work together through our union.

For more information contact: SWAN@psa.org.nz Or Phone Amy on 0508 367 772


Day 1 9.30 am start

  • Introduction and Welcome
  •  The SWAN Network
  • Structure and history of the PSA

Morning Tea 10.45-11am

  • Social work Values and human rights
  • Human Rights and the role of unions

Lunch 12.30pm-1.pm

  • Workplace issues for social workers across our sectors
  • Organising unionism - collectivism and participation
  •  Building Leadership across the SWAN network

Finish around 4pm

Day 2  9.30 am start

  • Introduction to the Living Wage Campaign
  • Introduction to the Equal pay campaign
  • Discussion about both campaigns and the implications for social work and across society

10.45-11am morning tea

  • A short introduction to advocacy and natural justice in the workplace 

12.30-1pm Lunch

  • International and political trends affecting social work
  • Next steps building participation and leadership in SWAN and setting up a local network
  • Organising around issues for social justice

Finish around 4pm