[Linux-aus] Professionals Australia (formerly APESMA)

Mark Walkom markwalkom at gmail.com
Tue Dec 17 16:53:23 EST 2013

There's SAGE-AU (of which I'm a member and also on the NSW exec).

However ACS are trying to become the IT union of AU, and I don't believe we
really need one run by them or anyone else.

On 17 December 2013 16:36, Lev Lafayette <lev at levlafayette.com> wrote:

> Hi Daniel,
> On Tue, December 17, 2013 4:01 pm, Daniel Bryan wrote:
> >
> > I'd like to know whether anyone in LA has been involved with this
> > organisation as a rank and file member; specifically, whether their IT
> > division has any real representation or understanding of people who work
> > in
> > the OSS ecosystem. I'm concerned that the union might only represent the
> > experience of IT workers hidden in an vendor-owned enterprise burrow
> > somewhere.
> I was a member for a few years. In some ways they were a good combination
> of professional association for groups like pharmacists, managers etc, and
> trade union insofar they did have some input for occupational health and
> safety etc.
> In direct response to your question however, no, they did not show any
> real representation or understanding of IT workers, let alone FOSS. Nor, I
> must quickly add, does the ASU, which also is supposed to represent IT
> workers, or the CEPU (Comms division), which is more for
> telecommunications line workers.
> All of these I have been a member of at some stage. I am currently in the
> There is a real need to establish an IT workers union by IT workers who
> actually understand IT work. I would certainly assist in this process is
> there is genuine interest, but am very aware of the steep level of initial
> work that will be required.
> All the best,
> --
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