The democratic framework of the Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union is based on its Local Branch structure.
Local Branches are the building blocks of our union and the perfect place for nurses and midwives to begin engagement with their union.
A forum for addressing workplace issues, local branches also play an important role in the democratic decision making process of our union.
Local branches contribute to the development of our union’s policies and direction by submitting motions to the QNMU Annual Conference for debate.
Any workplaces with ten or more members can form a Local Branch.
Matters that have implications beyond the workplace must be referred to QNMU officials.
In consultation with their QNMU Organiser, the role of a QNMU Local Branch is to:
- provide a democratic forum for members to discuss and debate industrial, professional, democratic, political or social issues
- enable members to determine a position on local issues and grievances in the context of union policy
- organise members to resolve workplace issues
- explain and implement policy on nursing and midwifery issues at a local level
- improve communication between union officials and members
- represent members in negotiations with employers on local issues (in conjunction with the appropriate QNMU official)
- co-ordinate union campaigns
- map their workplace regularly and keep this list up to date
- keep an up-to-date list of Activists in the workplace
- participate at the QNMU Annual Conference—the union’s key policy making forum.