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February

IWD 2018 Leave No Woman Behind: Help women secure their right to safety

Women are losing their livelihoods, families and lives to natural disasters. We can't afford for women to lose their voices.

Building a more inclusive Australia

Members will join with the wider Australian community on 21 March in celebrating our cultural diversity as part of Harmony Day.

Online attacks: protecting your reputation in the digital world

Teachers are increasingly encountering statements posted about them online. What can you do about it?

We won’t wait: every worker deserves freedom from violence

Unions across a variety of industries have stood together in seeking appropriate support for employees affected by domestic violence.

Australia must play its role in sustainable development

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.

Funding our future: uncertainty continues

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.

Time for teachers' voices to be heard

The erosion of respect for teachers' professional judgments, expertise and autonomy demands our response.

We must change Australia’s broken industrial laws

Australia’s current industrial laws are stacked against workers.

Are you receiving your First Aid Allowance?

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.

Yarning Up set to start again in 2018

IEUA-QNT is proud to support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members and, in 2017, will continue to host regular Yarning Up sessions.

It's time to Reclaim the Profession

Empowering teachers to Reclaim the Profession will be a key focus for our union this year.

Anglican members win employer commitment to $101k wage benchmark; campaign continues to address remaining issues

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.

Employer attacks on bargaining and flatlining wages no coincidence

In the September quarter last year, 642 collective agreements were approved by the Fair Work Commission – the lowest amount since 1995.

Commercialisation of Indian schools looms

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.

Right to strike almost extinct

A new ruling in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has left the right to strike in Australia practically extinct.

Italian trade union researcher killed in Egypt

New evidence suggests an Italian graduate student found dead in Egypt may have been killed due to his research into Egyptian trade unions.

Directed e-learning included in hours of duty

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.

Can you be made to attend work outside normal hours?

Do you know your rights if an unexpected event arises at school and the employer wants staff to attend?

Excessive heat in schools

As Queensland continues to swelter, it is important for members to understand what their rights are when working in high temperatures.

New Year: new wage offer needed

At the end of 2017 IEUA-QNT members made their concerns regarding wages and workload clear to Anglican school employers.

Dates and events significant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Our union has prepared a special printable calendar of dates and event significant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for members.

Carinity continues attack on status of teachers

Carinity Education, an outreach of Queensland Baptists which runs four schools across Queensland, has continued its attack on the status of teachers.

Employer turns to common law contracts to slash conditions

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.

Groundsman reclassification results in pay increase

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.

Negotiations secure $3,000+ salary boost for early career teachers

Graduate teachers in Queensland Catholic schools have received a salary boost of $3,000+ following negotiations between our union and employers.

Independent body would limit politics in the classroom

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.

Embassy exploitation shows vulnerability of workers

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.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.