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Home > News > 2017 > November > 2017 in review: significant achievements for our union

2017 in review: significant achievements for our union

With December upon us and students having walked through the school gates for the last time in 2017, many members will inevitably find themselves reflecting on the year that was.

In the face of an unfair industrial environment that has vastly tipped the balance of power to employers, our union unquestionably made some big strides in 2017 as part of our push to Reclaim the Profession, which will continue into 2018.

View key highlights from this year below.

February

Marking_PPCT_web_qual.pngPPCT is our time

Starting off the New Year right, members at Assisi College in Upper Coomera used the newly-won provisions in Queensland Catholic schools to protect their vital planning, preparation and correction time (PPCT). Read the full story>>


May

Toowoomba.jpgRecord numbers turnout for Labour Day and May Day

This public holiday holds a special place in the heart of unionists who celebrate past wins and look to the future to create a fairer and more prosperous Australia. Read the full story>>


June

Ignatius_Park_College_Townsville.jpgSchool officers, services and support staff: you matter!

School Officer Day, coinciding with International School Support Staff Day, provided the perfect opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all our amazing school officers, services and support staff for the invaluable contribution they make in schools. Read the full story>>

Nexgen001.pngNext Generation takes the lead

Our union’s inaugural NexGen Conference brought together an inspiring group of newer members to help shape the future of our union. Read the full story>> 


July

Money.jpgNot so super news for retiring women, but co-contribution makes a difference

Women retire with only one third the amount of super as men, as highlighted by a new report. But superannuation co-contribution – won by IEUA-QNT members and available to the majority of staff in our sector – may be the answer to alleviating some of this financial strain. Read the full story>>

 contract.pngCourt challenge sees EREA comply with fixed-term contract restrictions

Federal Circuit Court fined EREA $1,000 after our union questioned their use of fixed-term contracts. Employees should be offered continuing employment unless there is an ‘identifiable short-term need’. Read the full story>>


August

Clontarf26.jpgUnion difference is thousands more for school officers

Efforts of union members over time have elevated school officer wages to thousands more than the safety-net Modern Award, highlighting that our union does make a difference. Read the full story>> 

colleague_discussion_web_qual.pngMiddle Leaders win back lost time

The Chapter at St Augustine’s College in Ipswich worked together to win back release time lost by Middle Leaders due to scheduled school activities. Read the full story>> 

September

FNWA01.jpgIndigenous workers unite in new alliance

First Nations Workers Alliance join together to protect Indigenous workers from the federal government’s punitive ‘work for the dole’ scheme. Read the full story>>

Money_zoom_web_qual.pngSuper outcome for PMSA members

Outcomes of Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association negotiations see members win additional superannuation. Read the full story>> 


October

wage_growth_web_qual.pngCollective actions results in $101k top salary in the Christian sector

Bundaberg and Glasshouse Christian colleges pave the way for Christian sector to reach contemporary wage benchmark for experienced Queensland teachers. Read the full story>> 

November

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Community stands with Shalom Christian College staff

Community and union members called for justice for the 85 staff members at Shalom Christian College in Townsville who were made redundant following the shock closure of the college's secondary and boarding facilities. Read the full story>>

Our union looks forward to working with members to improve working conditions in our sector in 2018 and beyond.