How to Win at Work

It’s take a lot to win a campaign at work, no matter how big or small it is. It takes guts to speak out and take up an issue with your boss. But that shouldn’t stop you – people are making change, fighting back and winning campaigns in their workplace every day.

Here’s how.

Little fish eating big fish

Never go it alone

It’s the nature of our workplaces that our boss has more power over us as working people: they can hire and fire, change rosters and make your working life a little tough. But there are more of us working people than bosses out there in the world. You win at work through collective action. Get as many of your workmates as possible to get involved in your campaign by signing the petition, holding meetings and taking action.

Hold a workplace meeting

Build support for your campaign by holding a workplace meeting and inviting all your affected workmates to come along. You might need to hold the meeting off site and after hours. FaceBook groups also offer a good place to meet and discuss your campaign.

Majority support

To win on most campaigns, you are going to need the majority of your workmates to publicly support it. They can show their support by signing your petition, coming to a meeting or maybe wearing a sticker to work.


Once you have majority support from your workmates, you can present your petition to your boss. Again, don’t go this alone: take a few workmates along with you. You might need to negotiate with your boss, but make sure the final decision is agreed upon by your workmates.


When you win an outcome that your workmates are happy with, it’s important to celebrate the victory! Maybe host an afternoon tea at your work or head out for after work drinks. Then you can start thinking about what your workmates want to change next…

Get support along the way

Here’s where the power of your union can really come in handy. Unions in Australia have over 150 years experience fixing workplace issues such as:

  • - Pay and conditions
  • - Access to leave entitlements
  • - Roster changes and other shift work issues
  • - Sexism and racism
  • - Bullying and harassment

It’s important that you (and your workmates) are a member of your union to access their support and advice services. We can help put you in touch with your union.

What a good campaign looks like

  • 1. Win real and meaningful improvements to people’s lives
  • 2. Address the power imbalance between working people and big business
  • 3. Develop workplace and community leaders