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2017

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.

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.

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?

School officer’s salary increased by thousands following reclassification

A school officer member received an increase to their annual salary of almost $6,000 after applying for reclassification with assistance from our union.

February

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.

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.

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.

Employer inefficiency leads to WorkCover underpayment

March

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.

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.

Clubs seek to cut penalty rates by stealth

In a cruel move to cut workers’ wages, the Clubs Association is seeking the removal of the Clubs Award – a move which would force employees onto Awards which have already had their penalty rates stripped.

April

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.

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.

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.

Record turnout at Labour Day / May Day celebrations

Unionists turned out in force over the Labour Day / May Day long weekend, with a record 30,000 marching in Brisbane alone.

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.

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.

School funding based on need welcomed but lack of consultation with profession remains cause for concern

Our union has welcomed this week’s announcement by the Federal Government that it will commit to a funding model which provides for all schools based on need.

June

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.

Call for Federal Government to Fund Our Future ahead of budget

Kindergarten employees across Queensland are calling on the Federal Government to provide certainty of funding to the sector in this year’s budget in order to protect the future of our next generation of Australians.

Federal Government failing the grade on kindergarten funding

Today’s announcement by the Federal Government that it will fund free access to kindergarten/preschool for another year falls far short of the permanent, ongoing funding required for the future of the sector and its students.

July

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.

NAIDOC Week 2017 framed around celebrating Indigenous languages

NAIDOC Week celebrations will be held from 2 – 9 July 2017 with this year’s theme, Our Languages Matter, reflecting an emphasis on celebrating how Indigenous languages shape cultural identity and transmit history, spirituality and rites though story and song.

August

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.

Time for the ‘next steps’ this National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) will be held from 27 May – 3 June 2017 with this year’s theme “Let’s Take the Next Steps” encouraging all Australians to be part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey.

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.

IEUA-QNT Industrial Officer Danielle Wilson awarded for passion and commitment to unionism

IEUA-QNT Industrial Officer Danielle Wilson has received the Kath Nelson Award in honour of her deep commitment and passion for unionism and social justice.

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.

November

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.

December

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.

Coalition government abandons attack on paid parental leave

The Turnbull Government has backed down from its attack on paid parental leave (PPL) – and so called “double dippers” – abandoning legislation that would have stopped women from accessing employer paid parental leave in addition to the government funded leave provided at the national minimum wage.

Members reach 25 year milestone

Members with 25 years of membership have been recognised for their long standing commitment to our union.

Changes to Senior Secondary Assessment – New Draft Syllabuses Open for Feedback

As the QCAA continues to work towards introduction of new Senior Secondary assessment and tertiary entrance procedures, four new draft syllabus documents have been released via the QCAA website.

Poor progress on Indigenous education highlighted by Closing the Gap report

The federal government’s annual Closing the Gap Report 2017 released in February has identified significant shortcomings when it comes to improving Indigenous education outcomes.

Inherent requirements: employers misusing the term to ignore needs of staff

When employers question whether or not their employees can carry out the “inherent requirements” of their role, they are questioning the employee’s ability to do their job.

The numbers don't lie: join a union for better pay

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data, combined with recent wage outcomes in our sector, provide a clear and compelling message – join your union for better pay