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2017

Why do we celebrate Labour Day?

Labour Day holds a special significance for union members, with a rich history dating back more than 130 years, but what are we celebrating and why is Labour Day still relevant today?

PISA: Australian students performing above standards

Australia’s performance in the OECD’s Program for International Assessment (PISA) has seen average student scores decrease since the test was first administered in 2000. While some may conclude that Australia’s education system is in decline, this is not warranted and is, in fact, simplistic; particularly as Australian students continue to perform above the OECD average in all areas tested.

Chapters celebrate International Women's Day 2017

IEUA-QNT chapters have joined together to celebrate International Women's Day 2017 in the theme Empower a Woman, Empower a Nation.

January

Yarning Circle to take shape in 2017

The Yarning Circle will hold its first meeting of 2017 on 23 February at the Hymba Yumba Community Hub in Springfield. The circle supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members by providing a forum to discuss and take action on workplace and school issues.

C&K must take steps to address Director time and retain existing super co-contribution entitlements

Despite the beginning of a new year, C&K has not provided any further consideration to protect employees’ working conditions or the quality of education provided in C&K Branch centres.

Colleges’ loss of federal funding creates further uncertainty for VET sector workers

An announcement by the Federal Government that it will strip accreditation and public funding from over 150 private Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers has created an even greater climate of uncertainty for employees.

C&K must adopt a reasonable position

The onus is on C&K to provide an adequate position when bargaining occurs on Friday, 24 February 2017.

Let’s help to end Indigenous disadvantage | Close the Gap Day 2017

IEUA-QNT Chapters are encouraged to hold a morning tea on Thursday 16 March to acknowledge the day and consider how we, as educators of the next generation, can contribute to better outcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of our community.

February

Employers need to communicate in wake of VET funding cuts

Educators in the Vocational Education sector need to be treated with respect and told what is happening and the implications regarding the loss of funding.

Equity in the workplace: how do we get there?

The issue of the gender pay gap is well documented. However, the it is only part of the discussion in achieving workplace equity.

Enough is enough: campaign to save penalty rates continues

On 9 March IEUA-QNT members joined with thousands of concerned community and union members in Brisbane to protest the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to cut penalty rates.

March

Member’s $2000 underpayment corrected after call to our union

A call to our union for advice has resulted in a member in the Early Childhood Education sector receiving their rightful entitlement to $2000 in unpaid superannuation and allowances.

April

International Workers’ Memorial Day - 28 April

Every year on 28 April, unions, workers and the wider community join together to remember those who have been killed or injured at work. The day is an opportunity to honour and remember these workers and renew the call for safe workplaces in a commitment to fight for the living.

Supervising pre-service teachers: then and now

The role of a supervising teacher is undergoing significant change, with new demands at state and federal levels.

Harmony Day: celebrating our diversity

Held every year on 21 March, Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.

May

New provisions helping members protect their PPCT

Having secured new provisions to protect planning, preparation and correction time (PPCT) in their latest collective agreement, members in Queensland Catholic Chapters are now actively ensuring these provisions are operating effectively in their schools.

Almost one million workers face penalty rate cuts

Almost one million Australian workers are facing up to a $6,000 hit to their pay packets after the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down a decision on Thursday to slash penalty rates.

Conditions lost due to collective complacency

The dangers of complacency and a lack of collective strength when it comes to working rights and conditions as well as the merciless of some employers has been highlighted at one independent school in Queensland recently.

June

Evocca College sackings condemned

Today’s announcement of further staff redundancies and campus closures at Evocca College has been condemned.

Students’ futures at risk as Federal Government fails on ECE funding

The future for Australian students and employees in the early childhood education sector again remains uncertain with the federal government yet to confirm Universal Access funding past the end of this year.

July

Uncertainty over proposed Paid Parental Leave cuts continues

This week’s announcement by One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson that she would not support the federal government’s proposed plans to cut crucial Paid Parental Leave (PPL) creates ongoing uncertainty for workers.

Flash flooding and severe weather - advice to members

As much of the South East Queensland corner confronts flash flooding and severe weather, our union would like to remind members of relevant the Emergency and Natural Disaster Leave available to them under their collective agreements.

August

September

Union advice highlights Long Service Leave entitlement for members on rolling contracts

A recent case involving incorrect employer advice regarding access to Long Service Leave (LSL) for those employed on a fixed-term contract basis has highlighted the need for members to contact their union for advice in the first instance.

Employers must ensure teacher and education support staff safety as schools remain closed across southeast Queensland

The Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland and Northern Territory (IEUA-QNT) Branch has condemned reports from members in some Queensland Catholic schools that their employer is placing their safety at risk by requiring attendance at closed schools today, following the widespread flooding and damage caused by ex-cyclone Debbie.

October

QCE Awards reflect quality education in the non-government sector

The dedication and professionalism of IEUA-QNT members and employees in the Queensland non-government sector has again been reinforced with the announcement of the 2016 QCE Award recipients.

Empower a Woman, Empower a Nation: IWD 2017

International Women’s Day is held annually on 8 March — a day that has long been observed as an opportunity for asserting equality for women’s social, political and working rights.

November

Member action achieves positive result in C&K negotiations

An agreement in principle has been reached in the C&K Branch Centre negotiations following strong collective action adopted by members.

December