The Services Union is a democratic
union run by our members, for members. Our members set the direction for
our Union and they participate in decision making, policy and strategic
direction. We ensure transparency.
Please find our Union’s Rules here.
The Services Union is overseen by our
Branch Council, which is directly elected by members. Their role is to set our strategic
objectives. The decisions made at the Branch Council
are formed into strategic industry objectives and operational plans
which are then adopted by the Branch Executive to guide the work of our
Union for the next 12 months to two years. There are 63 Branch Councillors who are
elected members every four years. Our operations at an industry level
are guided by Industry Divisions. These are Local Authorities and
Brisbane City Council, Energy, Transport and Northern Administrative and
Social and Community Services,. Each industry component is
represented on the Branch Executive via a Branch Vice-President and on
Branch Council via a Branch Councillor.
Our Branch Executive Committee is made up of 14 members who hold
the positions of the Branch President, a Vice-President representing
each Industry Division, a Vice-President (Women), a Vice-President (Youth),
Branch Treasurer, and two paid officers – the Branch Secretary and the
Branch Executive President. They take advice from our Industry Division Committees and implement our strategies. Workplace Delegates are members who are
passionate about ensuring the working rights and conditions are
sustained and enhanced in their workplaces and for their industries.
The Branch Executive is assisted in running our Union by two elected and paid officials, Secretary Neil Henderson, who oversees the running of our Union, and Executive President Jennifer Thomas, who is charge of our Union’s operations.
Secretary Neil Henderson
Neil Henderson has been a member of the Australian Services Union
(ASU) for over 30 years. He has worked as an industrial officer for over
30 years, including over 20 years in senior positions in the ASU
National Office, the Victorian Services and Authorities Branch and now
The Services Union.
Neil has appeared as an advocate in Federal Industrial Tribunals and Courts and in most State Industrial Tribunals. He is a practising lawyer and accredited as a specialist in
Workplace Relations law by the Law Institute of Victoria and the
Queensland Law Society (QLS). Neil is also a member of the Specialisation
Board of the QLS.
On commencement with The Services Union, Neil’s main responsibility
was to manage the Union’s industrial representation of members. There
are too many highlights to mention but the thrill of delivering great
outcomes for Union members never diminishes.
Becoming Acting Assistant Secretary in June 2013 and then acting
Secretary at the end of 2013, Neil was appointed to the position of
Secretary by the Branch Executive in April 2014 and elected to the
position in early 2015.
Neil believes that having access to knowledgeable and effective
representation is what members want and is one of the most important
benefits membership of our Union can provide.
Executive President - Jennifer Thomas
Jennifer is the Executive President of the Australian Municipal,
Administrative, Clerical and Services Union Queensland (Services and
Northern Administrative) Branch and the Queensland Services, Industrial
Union of Employees (The Services Union).
As the Executive President, Jennifer’s responsible for a union
membership of over 13, 000 and the union’s overall function including
campaigning, membership and industrial relation activities. Jennifer
has worked in the Union Movement for more than 20 years.
Jennifer has skills in operational and board strategy, industrial
relations, and people and culture through her current role and her roles
as National Vice President of the Australian Services Union, Vice
President of the QLD Council of Unions, Director of Energy Super and ESI
Financial Services Board and Director of Jobs Queensland Board and
Committee membership the QLD Government Housing Advisory Council.
She has a Commerce degree and as a TSU leader has skills in
education, member advocacy, member benefits and digital services.
Jennifer has also had extensive advocacy experience in superannuation
having campaigned for better retirement outcomes for Members, all
working Australians and closing the superannuation gender gap.
Jennifer has been influential in the following campaigns: Portable
Long Service Leave for the Queensland Community and Disability Sector,
Equal Pay for Community and Social Workers; We Won’t Wait, Stand Up for
Super and Get Super Working for Women, Queensland Assets Not for Sale;
Sustainable Councils for our Local Government Members; Investing in
Quality Community Services; A Just Transition; 27 Ways and Growing; and
Make the NDIS the best it can be. Jennifer has also been influential in
many local enterprise-bargaining campaigns across Queensland.