Kath Larkin, Rail, Tram & Bus Union
Delegate & Deputy Women’s Officer
How long have you been a union member?
14 years (in various unions)
Why did you join the union?
I grew up understanding the importance of not just joining but being an active member of a union. My mother is a nurse and was involved in the rank and file campaign led by Irene Bolger within the nurses union in the 80s, which successfully campaigned to reform the union. Most notably they were able to remove the anti-strike clause in the constitution. And my grandfather was a member of the tramway union and participated in the 1969 general strike to free Clarrie O’Shea. So from my first job in a cafe at 15 I’ve always joined my union.Read more