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Home > News > 2018 > May > Members mark 25 year milestone

Members mark 25 year milestone

St_Josephs_primary_in_Mundingburra_with_our_25_Year_member_Patrizzia_Dray.jpgThis year our union has welcomed 126 members into a very special group: those who have been an IEUA-QNT member for 25 years.

IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Rebecca Sisson said since 2012 more than 1,500 members have been recognised for their long standing membership and commitment to our union.

“The strength of our union comes from having a growing and sustained membership. And it is for this reason that we celebrate those members who have ensured our union has a strong voice to advocate for the professional and industrial interests of members,” Ms Sisson said.

“Each recipient has a different professional experience, but they all share one common understanding – belief in the power of the union collective and a commitment to the values of the collective.”

Chapters have held special morning teas to celebrate the achievements and dedication of their colleagues.

“We congratulate the 2018 recipients of 25 Year Membership awards and thank them for their long standing commitment to our union.”

Members reflect on 25 year milestone

Kim Brett — a Teacher at Our Lady’s College, Annerley — has 30 years teaching experience, and is currently her Chapter’s Staff Representative.

For Kim, joining her union was instinctive. 

“I grew up hearing stories about the terrible life my grandfather had as a shearer in Western Queensland and was taught at school about the critical role that trade unions played in securing improved conditions and wages for workers such as shearers and teachers.

“For me, joining our union was a nobrainer.

“What I didn’t realise all those years ago was that our union would also be a source of personal support, guidance and advice throughout my teaching career.

Kim said one of the most rewarding experiences of being a member was becoming a Staff Representative four years ago.

Bruce Addison – Deputy Principal at Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School – union membership sparked an interest in collective bargaining, which led him to pursue a PhD.

“I had become interested in the Scandinavian approach to workplace relations when studying industrial relations and organisational psychology units at university. 

“I learned many expected and unexpected things from the bargaining process — one of these being the concept that independent schools function due to the harnessing and development of good will. 

“A strong, reasoned and reasonable voice helps to ensure that such good will continues to develop and evolve in changing times.” 

Dr Addison said he entered the profession to make a difference. 

“I would recommend it to those who have the energy, passion and drive to contribute to the development of our young people — young people on whose shoulders tomorrow will depend,” Dr Addison said.

Orrell McKenna – a Library Support staff member at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace – said being a member for 25 years has provided peace of mind that she is being supported at work.

The work of school officers in school communities is invaluable, and Orrell said she is happy to work at a school where she feels this is recognised.

“Each role that a school officer undertakes, of which there are many, contributes to the running of the school, and it’s important that this is recognised.

“As a person who is hearing impaired, I love the friendly, supportive and communicative environment that exists at my workplace, among colleagues as well as students.

“I know my union is there when I need support,” Orrell said.

View more 25 Year Member celebration updates on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ieuaqnt 

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