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May

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.

Employer inefficiency leads to WorkCover underpayment

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

VET sector staff and students pay the price yet again as Careers Australia goes into administration

Careers Australia has been placed into voluntary administration, leaving the future of employees and students in uncertainty.