What is the Progressive Labour Education Association (PLEA)?
The Progressive Labour Education Association Inc (PLEA) was formed in 2006 by Progressive Unions, including United Voice (then the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union), the Australian Services Union and left members of the Australian Labour Party to educate and provide training..
Since it’s inception, PLEA Inc has run a number of training programmes for young people in South Australia.
Some of the founding committee members included:
- The Hon Mark Butler MP
- David Gray, Assistant Secretary of United Voice (SA Branch)
- Senator the Hon Penny Wong
- Katrine Hildyard, Secretary of the ASU (SA & NT Branch)
- The Hon Ian Hunter MLC
- Susan Close, MP
- The Hon Kyam Maher MLC
- David Di Troia, Secretary of United Voice (SA Branch)
The Objects of the Progressive Labour Association Inc are:
- To provide an education, training and work experience programme for people interested in the labour movement, unionism, social justice and left politics;
- To recruit people to progressive politics; and
- To improve the political effectiveness of existing members of the progressive labour movement.
The current Public Officer of the Progressive Labour Education Association is David Di Troia.
Activities of PLEA Inc
The Progressive Labour Education Association Inc aims to run an education programme for young people annually. The 2013 PLEA Programme will be the fifth programme run by the Progressive Labour Education Association Inc.
The PLEA Programme typically involves placements in Federal or State MP’s offices, Unions and other community organisations; a series of workshops, tutorials and lectures; social functions; mentoring by senior ALP members; a trip to Canberra and payment in line with the National Training Wage.
More information about the programme is available here.