Batt Celebrates 30 Years as Secretary
Thank you for all the well wishes Karen has received over the last few days in acknowledgement of her 30 Years as Secretary.
The celebration was just awesome as are our members across the country who work so hard to deliver public services.
As is often reflected upon, we are costed but not always valued but I feel very valued and honored to have been here to advocate for better services on your behalf and Karen will keep speaking out to protect jobs and communities who need strong public services.
- Welcome by VTHC Secretary Luke Hilakari
- ACTU President Michele O'Neil pays tribute to Karen
- 30 Years of highlights
- Karen responds
Her union involvement pre dates 1993 however having been 1st elected as the Statutory Authorities rep to VPSA State Council in 1989 and then became Senior VP in 1991.
Over 30 years as Secretary Karen has seen seven (7) Premiers, nine (9) Parliaments, won eight (8) victorian union elections plus was elected our Federal Secretary in 2012 and since in 2016 and 2021.
Karen's an ACTU VP and an executive member.
Karen was elected Trades Hall President 1995 – 1998 and was at the helm of the Victorian union response during the maritime dispute.
Karen was made a life member of our union in 2009.
Congratulations on your achievement Karen - 30 years