Potential workload burden of more national testing highlights the need to reclaim the profession.
Women are losing their livelihoods, families and lives to natural disasters. We can't afford for women to lose their voices.
Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. On Wednesday, 21 March 2018, IEUA-QNT Chapters are encouraged to support this year’s theme: Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination.
Anglican school members’ campaign for better balance has made further progress and positive developments at recent collective bargaining meetings — but significant issues remain to be addressed by employers.
On School Officer Day, Wednesday 13 June, members said a well-deserved thank you to school officers and services staff for the contribution they make to quality education in our schools.
The recently released Gonski Through Growth to Achievement Report reflects the aspirations of every member of the IEUA to ensure the development of well-rounded, academically capable, resilient and society-ready students.
Harassment and abuse of teachers condemned
Onus on employers to create safe work spaces for all employees
Our union opposes discrimination based on a person’s sexuality.
With December upon us, many members will inevitably find themselves reflecting on the year that was.
Early career members shared their perceptions on what it means to be
a professional, and how they have worked to develop their professional
Members will join with the wider Australian community on 21 March in celebrating our cultural diversity as part of Harmony Day.
Severe weather events: advice for Northern Territory members
The threats to the teaching profession are many and varied: from the imposition of flawed standardised testing to the professional affront of unannounced classroom observations, not to mention a still uncertain funding future. Without action by our union and our colleagues across the country, the profession and the quality of education provided to our students is at serious risk.
Precarious employment arrangements in the education sector are making our members just as vulnerable as workers in the ‘gig’ economy, as IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes writes.
Members at a Queensland independent school have faced a serious attack on their holiday time with the employer directing staff to attend work during this period.
The 2018 NAIDOC Week (8-15 July) theme Because of her, we can! celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made, and continue to make, at community, local, state and national levels.
Carinity Education again fails to show they care after denying thousands of dollars to staff
Catholic school members from across Queensland have come together to prepare for collective bargaining and develop our plan to tackle critical workplace issues in Catholic schools, IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes writes.
Members in Queensland Catholic schools have endorsed their log of claims in readiness for collective bargaining next year, with insecure work emerging as a key issue.
Teachers are increasingly encountering statements posted about them online. What can you do about it?
The right for girls to wear pants and shorts in school has taken a step forward in Queensland with the state government’s announcement that they will rewrite the state school uniform policy.
Our union’s capacity to resolve the issues our members face is frustrated by Australia’s current broken industrial laws.
With the National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy coming into its 10th year of operation in schools, action towards making a change to the problematic standardised test is long overdue, as IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Paul Giles writes.
Where does a teacher draw the line when it comes to giving feedback on student drafts? IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Paul Giles reports.
Threats to terminate collective agreement withdrawn in Fair Work Commission after union intervention
Once again the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results of students across Australia have been used to create illusions of student and school achievement — while teachers’ professional judgements continue to be ignored.
Unions have called nationwide rallies in a bid to change Australia's broken industrial rules.
An agenda to arrest Australia’s wage growth crisis has been outlined by industrial relations experts.
Unions across a variety of industries have stood together in seeking appropriate support for employees affected by domestic violence.
With the Commonwealth Games quickly approaching, members affected will need to consider the impact traffic delays may have on their regular working conditions.
Members will celebrate the achievements of the union movement, and call for much needed change to Australia’s unfair industrial laws on Labour Day and May Day this year, as IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Rebecca Sisson writes.
On International Women’s Day, the IEUA Federal Council endorsed a rule change to ensure 50% women representation in Federal Council positions.
With the deadline for our union’s annual Excellence in Art Design awards and Literary Competition fast approaching (Friday, 27 July), our guest presenters have been announced.
Think: Education! withdraws threat to terminate collective agreement following union intervention
Today we celebrate World Teachers’ Day – an important opportunity to thank and congratulate teachers for the invaluable work they do.
Activists across the world are engaging in 16 days of action to eliminate gender-based violence as shocking statistics show the scale of devastation caused by such violence.
Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were set by the United Nations to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all following the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.
As North Queensland braces for significant rainfall and potential flooding in the coming days, our union would like to remind members of relevant Emergency and Natural Disaster Leave available to them under their collective agreements.
Union members in the Northern Territory are sending a clear message: a collective effort is needed to tackle issues that are hurting working women.
Early Childhood Education (ECE) members have been able to secure enhanced wages and conditions that have put them thousands of dollars ahead of the legal minimum standard – but disparity still exists between wages for ECE teachers and school teachers.
Member action has seen pay annnualisation for school officers and services staff protected at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School (IGGS).
Union and community members have turned out in massive numbers at Change The Rules rallies across the country.
Members at St Thomas More College in Sunnybank have developed an initiative to ensure respect for staff is central to all relationships with parents and the broader school community.
In the lead up to collective bargaining next year – where insecure work is set to be a key theme – members in Queensland Catholic schools are sharing their own insecure work stories.
Our union office will close Friday 21 December 2018 and reopen Monday 7 January 2019.
The uncertainty remains for Early Childhood Education teachers, assistants and their students with the Federal Government again failing to provide ongoing funding to the sector.
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes discusses how 2018 will see thousands of members in Queensland schools achieve a historical benchmark with new teacher career paths and salary recognition.
Our union’s submission to the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce will ensure that the professional voices of our members are heard when it comes to addressing this insidious epidemic in Australia, as IEUA-QNT Research Officer Adele Schmidt writes.
A Registered Training Organisation (RTO) was forced to abandon an attempt to terminate its employees’ collective agreement after a hearing in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) last week.
Our union is shining a light on one of the most prevalent teacher wellbeing concerns: burnout.
The Queensland Community Alliance held an accountability assembly last week, drawing attention to the need to reform the vocational education and training sector.
The erosion of respect for teachers' professional judgments, expertise and autonomy demands our response.
Australia continues to have one of the world’s worse life expectancy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens
An effective transition can provide the flexibility and peace of mind that members need as they approach retirement.
Chants of “Change The Rules” echoed throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory over the Labour Day and May Day weekend.
The Fair Work Commission has admitted there is a potential “issue” in Award wages for early childhood teachers following the commencement of our union’s equal pay case.
New research has revealed the continued and growing inequity suffered by women workers who are increasingly facing poverty in retirement.
Members in Queensland Catholic schools are taking action – sharing their personal experiences of insecure work and adding their support to our campaign to address the impact rolling fixed-term contracts and cuts to part-time hours are having on our school communities.
Australia’s current industrial laws are stacked against workers.
A member in a Queensland Christian school has received their full long service leave entitlement, despite their employer’s attempt to pay it at a lower rate.
The federal government’s Closing the Gap Report paints a clear picture: the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community continues to be left behind and ignored.
Union members and their families will join together to celebrate Labour Day and May Day this long weekend – and this year we will unite with a clear message: it’s time to Change The Rules.
Members have been advised not to provide private medical information after their employer attempted to collect this information unnecessarily.
Members at Djarragun College, Gordonvale have secured benchmark conditions in their latest agreement, including comparable wages with the Queensland Catholic sector.
Members have flagged concerns with Haileybury Rendall School’s bargaining claims, including a plan for staff to work additional hours on weekends.
The take-over of a Brisbane kindergarten has seen staff forced to choose between a serious cut to wages or giving up their jobs.
If you are a School Officer with first aid duties, you may be entitled to receive a First Aid Allowance from your employer. As a union we can bargain collectively for provisions that assist members to do their jobs, and our members have been successful in securing First Aid Allowances for school officer members in collective agreements in various sectors of non-government education across Queensland and the Northern Territory.
In their ongoing collective bargaining campaign for a better balance for Anglican school staff, members have made a concerted effort to convince their mates to join our union.
IEUA-QNT Research Officer Adele Schmidt discusses our union’s pivotal role in shaping the teacher classification process in non-government schools.
A Northern Territory school attempted to alter staff holiday leave with just three days’ notice and without any staff consultation.
Where does a teacher draw the line when it comes to giving feedback on
A large Brisbane school’s ‘first and final’ warning to a member for serious misconduct was rescinded after the employer could not substantiate the claim, which relied on CCTV recordings.
School officers in Queensland Catholic schools play a critical role in the delivery of quality education to our students, yet sadly we know the reality for many is one of insecure employment.
Another high profile restaurant has been exposed for underpaying staff in breach of current workplace laws.
The Community Development Program (CDP), which disproportionately impacts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers, has been described as ‘modern slavery’.
IEUA-QNT is proud to support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members and, in 2017, will continue to host regular Yarning Up sessions.
After joining together in the longest strike in the state’s history, teachers and school support staff in West Virginia have won a significant 5% wage increase.
International Workers’ Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of workers who have been injured or lost their lives at the workplace.
Members in Queensland Anglican schools and Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School have won access to paid domestic violence leave, a significant entitlement which empowers victims to free themselves from violence.
Almost 200 IEU members from across all states and territories gathered at a national forum in Melbourne in May, brought together by a common known truth: teaching is being actively de-professionalised.
Queensland universities are refusing to negotiate on practicum payments to supervising teachers, which have not increased for more than 25 years.
Australian unions have launched a campaign to address the inequity women have long-faced in the workplace.
In a prime example of the insecure work crisis impacting our schools, one member is facing an 11th year on a fixed-term contract in 2019.
Empowering teachers to Reclaim the Profession will be a key focus for our union this year.
Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School (IGGS) is attempting to withdraw pay annualisation for some school support staff in an attack on hard-won working conditions.
Teachers and support staff working in Carinity Education schools (an outreach of Queensland Baptists) in Brisbane, Gladstone and Hervey Bay will stop work on 24 April 2018 in protest of their employer’s plan to create second-tier teachers in Queensland.
On Wednesday, 13 June 2018, IEUA-QNT members across Queensland and the Northern Territory will mark School Officer Day by taking the opportunity to recognise how our school officers and services staff support quality education.
After almost 12 months of bargaining, Anglican school employees have voted to accept a new replacement collective agreement.
A group of migrant farm workers are taking legal action after alleging a labour hire company paid them as little as $8 per hour.
The Toowoomba Catholic schools employer recently invited a limited group of fixed-term employees to apply for continuing employment status.
Wage theft is costing Queensland workers billions in denied wages and superannuation according to estimates in a new report.
In their ongoing campaign for Better Balance in Queensland Anglican schools, members recorded a significant win late last year with the employer committing to the benchmark top step teacher wage of $101,000 in 2018.
The messy state of hours of duty in Northern Territory Catholic schools could be easily resolved if the employer agreed to consolidate clearer provisions and abandoned attempts in some schools to make up attendance ‘requirements’ on whim.
Teachers and school support staff at three of the four Carinity Education schools in Queensland will stop work again today to stand up against proposed cuts and changes to working conditions which would see them worse off compared to other educators across the state.
Vulnerable workers now have access to greater workplace protections, with new labour hire laws taking full effect in Queensland.
In more ways than one the rules for women at work are broken — and it’s time for change.
Carinity school staff have sent a clear message to the employer in the latest ballot - attacks on employee working conditions will not be tolerated.
Queensland Baptists’ outreach, Carinity Education, is placing its disadvantaged students at risk by refusing to agree to arbitration over long-running negotiations with staff.
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In the September quarter last year, 642 collective agreements were approved by the Fair Work Commission – the lowest amount since 1995.
All stores of the failed hospitality company Doughnut Time are set to close, stranding workers with $200,000 in unpaid wages.
Carinity Education has continued to show a complete lack of care for staff as it attempts to push for a sub-standard collective agreement that would see staff working more, for less.
With demands on teachers ever increasing, knowing your hours of duty is the first step to having the grounds to say no when being directed to do more.
Your appointment conditions and written contracts of employment are some of the most important documents you will receive from an employer.
Legal action against food delivery service Foodora over staff underpayments has been dropped after the company entered into administration.
A crucial element of avoiding or managing burnout is building resilience – and the end of year break is an important time for teachers to engage in self-care and build resilience for the coming teaching year.
Villagers in Rajasthan – India’s largest state in the country’s North West – have staged sit-ins at public schools set to be commercialised on a pilot basis of 10 years.
In a shameful move, major Australian advertising business APN Outdoor has rejected an Australian Unions advertisement from appearing on their billboards.
Commonwealth Public Service boss John Lloyd has launched a bitter attack on unions and set an agenda for an insecure public sector.
We're standing in solidarity with IEU NSW/ACT members as they pursue a landmark equal pay case for early childhood teachers.
When employees join together with a strong, united voice, they are able to effect real change in their workplaces, their profession and even the broader community.
A new ruling in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has left the right to strike in Australia practically extinct.
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Secretary Sally McManus sent a resounding message in her landmark speech to the National Press Club: it’s time to change our industrial rules and restore a fair go for all Australian workers.
The first bargaining meeting was held for Mission Australia Early Learning employees. Whilst the employer offered six weeks paid maternity leave, the reminder of their list was little (if at all) better than the bare legal minimum.
A Queensland ELICOS college member has received a $4,000 settlement after our union lodged an unfair dismissal application.
“2, 4, 6, 8 – it’s time to arbitrate!” was the rally cry that could be heard loud and clear today as members in Carinity Education schools stopped work for the fourth time in their fourteen month long negotiations.
With parts of Queensland in the midst of serious fire danger, our union would like to remind members of relevant Emergency and Natural Disaster Leave available to them under their collective agreements.
New evidence suggests an Italian graduate student found dead in Egypt may have been killed due to his research into Egyptian trade unions.
This year our union has welcomed 126 members into a very special group: those who have been an IEUA-QNT member for 25 years.
A parliamentary inquiry into wage theft has revealed systemic problems, with young workers particularly vulnerable to exploitation and underpayment at work.
Despite the effusive welcoming by employer organisations, the school funding announcement made by the federal government (Thursday, 20 September) still fails to deliver.
Members in Queensland Catholic schools can no longer be expected to complete directed e-learning or online professional development outside of their hours of duty.
Our union brought together a dedicated group of early career activists at last week’s NexGen Conference to consider and help build the future of our union.
Classroom teachers in Northern Territory Lutheran schools have set a new wage benchmark for teachers in non-government schools across the country.
Do you know your rights if an unexpected event arises at school and the employer wants staff to attend?
School officers and services staff working for a major Catholic employer have had their wage payments corrected after an employer error in calculating annualised salaries left staff short-changed.
Carinity Education – an outreach of Queensland Baptists – has repeatedly shown itself to be intent on attacking working conditions in our sector.
As Queensland continues to swelter, it is important for members to understand what their rights are when working in high temperatures.
Staff in Queensland Catholic schools have overwhelmingly endorsed enhanced teacher classifications and salaries in a ballot which closed on Tuesday.
The federal government’s plan to cease Universal Access funding to Australian kindergartens has been revealed months after funding cuts were subtly included in the May federal budget.
At the end of 2017 IEUA-QNT members made their concerns regarding wages and workload clear to Anglican school employers.
The decision to outsource school cleaning to a labour hire company will result in redundancies at Marist College Ashgrove – another example of how Australia’s broken industrial laws continue to erode secure jobs.
The Royal Commission into the banking and finance sector has uncovered serious failings in Australia’s $600 billion retail super fund industry.
Our union has prepared a special printable calendar of dates and event significant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for members.
Queensland Catholic school employers have insisted there is no problem with rates paid to middle leaders, despite members overwhelmingly endorsing the need to recognise and reward their work.
Despite attempts by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to aid negotiations, Carinity Education remains intent on cutting wages and working conditions.
Mohammad Habibi, an Iranian teacher unionist, has received a 10 and a half year prison sentence following a peaceful protest in Tehran.
Carinity Education, an outreach of Queensland Baptists which runs four schools across Queensland, has continued its attack on the status of teachers.
A North Queensland tourism operator has been jailed for contempt after refusing to repay nearly $30,000 in unpaid wages owed to five employees.
Female garment workers in South East Asia are being exposed to physical and sexual abuse in clothing factories, according to unions and human rights associations.
Teachers and support staff working at two Queensland Baptists’ outreach schools in Sunnybank and Hervey Bay stopped work for four hours on 30 August 2018.
Workers know all too well they are facing increasing and sustained attacks on their wages and working conditions from employers who are emboldened by an industrial landscape that easily allows them to do so.
Workers are being denied millions of dollars in superannuation payments each year as employers exploit an under-regulated system.
The importance of restoring professional respect for teachers was at the forefront of national debate on Q&A and Gruen this week.
Friday 31 August 2018 is Equal Pay Day — an important reminder of the continuing barriers women face in accessing the same opportunities and benefits as men in Australian workplaces.
A Catholic school services staff member recently received an increase to their annual salary of almost $1,500 after applying for reclassification with assistance from our union.
This year, 12 school officers are celebrating the milestone of 25 years membership.
Employees have voted to endorse the proposed Anglican schools' collective agreement.
Graduate teachers in Queensland Catholic schools have received a salary boost of $3,000+ following negotiations between our union and employers.
A proposed independent education institute to limit the influence of politics inside Australian classrooms has been welcomed by our union as a step in the right direction.
A damning report has uncovered extreme cases of worker exploitation in Australia’s foreign embassies, highlighting how easy it is for employers to take advantage of vulnerable workers.