The VSTA leadership used a number of strategies to isolate members of the OSCW and to nullify their policy proposals.
(66) Although both Bluett and Hopgood were members of the OSCW, neither sought leadership of this sub-committee.
Bluett was instrumental in the VSTA adopting the policy of Affirmative Action through the OSCW. On the election of the new leadership team, the Left Caucus, in 1982, with Brian Henderson (he was elected to the Central Committee in 1977), as president and Bluett as vice president, the VSTA was sympathetic to moves to develop a policy of affirmative action.
They developed the ACTU's Working Womens Charter and adopted it as "a symbol of solidarity with other women trade unionists and also a concrete expression of policies the women's subcommittee felt strongly could be embraced by their union." (69) The Charter was modified and added to by the OSCW and proposed as VSTA policy at the 1980 Annual General Meeting.