Michael Weise talks about his childhood and early education, which took place primarily in the Darling Downs, Queensland. He discusses his early work experience prior to becoming a union member.
|Miscellaneous Workers Union, Toowoomba, work experience|
Michael Weise explains how he came to be a member of the Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union (CFMEU) in 1989 when he joined the coal industry in Queensland. He outlines his career path with the CFMEU.
|CFMEU, coal, compulsory unionism, enterprise bargaining, mining, union positions|
Michael Weise describes how he became passionate about the the union movement through learning about the CFMEU and getting involved in the union process.
|CFMEU, compulsory unionism, union positions|
Michael Weise explains the amalgamations which ultimately lead to the CFMEU, as well as the three divisions which make up the CFMEU. He also discusses the federal nature of the union, and describes his role as a national Organising Coordinator.
|CFMEU, union amalgamation|
Michael Weise discusses the role community unionism (providing services and benefits to both union and non-union members of mining communities) plays in the CFMEU. He also speaks about the impact fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers are having on mining communities and community unionism.
|CFMEU, community unionism, FIFO, mining|
Michael Weise talks about what he sees as some of the reasons for the de-unionisation of the Pilbara (Western Australia) iron ore mining region during the 1990s.
|declining union membership, FIFO, mining, Pilbara, unions|
Michael Weise discusses the nature of unionism in the Pilbara. He explains the plans currently underway to reinvigorate union membership, and the alliance between the CFMEU and the Australian Workers Union (AWU) that has been established to achieve this.
|AWU, CFMEU, declining union membership, FIFO, Pilbara, union membership, unions|
Michael Weise explains the success of the coal mining industry in maintaining CFMEU membership. He highlights the importance of having good local delegate structures.
|Central Queensland, CFMEU, coal, Hunter Valley, iron ore, mineral industry, Rio Tinto, union delegate, union membership|
|00:21:04||AWU, CFMEU, Karratha, Paul Howes, Pilbara, Port Headland, Tony Maher, union membership|
Michael Weise discusses the formation of the Pilbara Mineworkers Union in the early 2000s and the lessons learnt from this union. He describes some of the other unions that have had coverage in the Pilbara.
|ACTU, AMWU, AWU, CFMEU, ETU, Pilbara, Rio Tinto|
Michael Weise explains the importance of mining unions having an international presence, particularly in terms of their responsibilites to workers in parts of the world that have less protective legislation than workers in Australia. He describes the challenges and strategies that are undertaken at an international level by the mining unions.
|CFMEU, Indonesia, Rio Tinto, unions|
Michael Weise talks about the involvement of union delegates in government initiatives in the Pilbara. He explains how the process currently works, and what needs to be done to improve the relationship between the two organisations.
|CFMEU, mining, Pilbara, union delegate|
Michael Weise discusses the CFMEU's Let's Spread it Around campaign, with particular reference to the issue of housing afforability in mining communities.
|CFMEU, community unionism, FIFO, housing, mining|
Michael Weise addresses the problems facing mining towns and communities, particularly in terms of quality of life and the impact of FIFO workers.
|CFMEU, community unionism, FIFO, Indigenous issues, mining|
Michael Weise discusses the role of unions in addressing social issues such as violence in mining towns. He emphasises the commitment the CFMEU has to its social conscience.
|CFMEU, community unionism, Kerry Carrington, mining, union campaigns|
Michael Weise explains the advantages of the CFMEU affiliating with peak bodies, such as the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), and the government on a local and federal level. He highlights the importance of delegates in optimising the success of these affiliations.
|ACTU, CFMEU, peak bodies, union affiliation|
Michael Weise reflects on his development and growth as a unionist, the people who mentored him at the beginning of his career, and his sense of achievement in educating and helping other workers.
|union positions, unions|
Queensland trade unionist Michael Weise has been a member of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) in the Mining and Energy division since 1989.
Michael Weise grew up primarily on the Darling Downs, Queensland. Like Weise himself, his father worked in the coal industry and was a union member. Weise completed Year 10 at St Mary’s Christian Brothers College, Toowoomba, and at 15 entered the workforce employed as a shop assistant, and held various other jobs.
Weise first became involved in the union movement when he joined the Queensland coal mining industry in April 1989, and subsequently joined the CFMEU (then known as the Queensland Colliery Employees Union) as part of the requirement for joining the coal industry. This exposure to unions and what they did sparked Weise’s desire to take his career within the CFMEU further, and his first position within the union was that of Shift Delegate. In 1992-93, whilst in the position of Shift Delegate, Weise was elected to be part of the bargaining committee for the first enterprise agreement at the Queensland colliery in which he worked. Following this, Weise took on the role of Lodge Secretary and Treasurer, and later Lodge President which he held until the closure of the mine in 2006.
Alongside these State positions, Weise also held the national role of Organising Coordinator for the CFMEU Mining and Energy division, where he fulfilled responsibilities at the request of districts across Australia.
As of 2013, Weise remains a member of the CFMEU and works as Training Coordinator, running delegate and leadership training sessions.
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