|Issue No 43||24 February 2000|
Moait Takes Reins as President
The NSW Labor Council's first female president has presided over a union that has defied the national trend to register a 14 per cent increase in union membership since 1994.
NSW Nurses Association secretary Sandra Moait says the secret is 'smart unionism', hard work and relevence.
"A union isn't just about signing up members and fixing up pay rates," she says. "It's also about addressing social issues like the provision of social services.
Moait was this week elected unopposed to a four year term alongside the expanded Labor Council team of secretary Michael Costa, deputy secretary John Robertson and assistant deputy secretaries Mark Lennon, Naomi Steer and Chris Christodoulou.
She says she intends to lead the Labor Council by example, in the same vein as outgoing president John Whelan. "John was not scared to show a bit of passion and I won't be shying away from using a bit of heart either.
"I believe that the NSW Labor Council is a really alive body - its executive team with Costa in the chair is one I want to be involved with.
Moait has been with the Nurses Association since 1976 - apart from a four years break with the Department for Health in the early nineties.
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