Should Australian lawyers unionise?

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Should Australian lawyers unionise?

In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Jerome Doraisamy is joined by Electrical Trades Union of Australia’s national legal counsel, Alana Heffernan.

The recent establishment of the Aotearoa Legal Workers’ Union in New Zealand, and its proposed advocacy against minimum wage breaches and workplace sexual harassment and bullying, begs the question: why aren’t more Australian lawyers joining legal-specific unions or starting their own such movements?

Listen to Jerome and Alana’s discussion about the issues in legal practice that may give rise to a need for a lawyers’ union, how such advocacy could operate and how to overcome perceived issues with industry-specific unions.

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Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy is a senior writer for Lawyers Weekly and Wellness Daily at Momentum Media.

Jerome is an admitted solicitor in New South Wales and, prior to joining the team in early 2018, he worked in both commercial and governmental legal roles and has worked as a public speaker and consultant to law firms, universities and high schools across the country and internationally. He is also the author of The Wellness Doctrines self-help book series and is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Western Australia.

Jerome graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Social Inquiry).

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