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Home > News > 2018 > December > The year that was: 2018 year in review

The year that was: 2018 year in review

With December upon us, many members will inevitably find themselves reflecting on the year that was.


2018 saw IEU members outline a clear agenda for changing Australia’s broken industrial rules, through the Change The Rules campaign, which will follow into 2019.


IEU members also confronted challenges of insecure work and continued to make a significant difference to the lives of workers in the non-government sector and beyond in many ways through the year.


Read highlights below of all that was Good, Bad and Ugly in 2018.



Members say it’s time to reclaim the profession and call out increased national testing, lack of AITSL board representation and ongoing attack on teachers’ professional voice >>read more



Tear_up_web.jpgCollective agreement approvals plunge to lowest level since 1995 as broken industrial rules push 120,000 onto minimum award conditions >>read more


regeni_1.jpgThe global community mourned the loss of Giulio Regeni, murdered in Egypt over his research into trade unions
>>read more


RTBU_1.jpgA new ruling in the Fair Work Commission leaves the right to strike practically extinct >>read more


Better_Balance_sticker.pngAnglican members win $101k benchmark classroom teacher salary
>>read more


Groundstaff.pngReclassification sees groundsman member pocket additional $1,500 per year
>>read more


Teacher_helping_student_web.pngOur union negotiates $3,000 salary boost for graduates in Queensland Catholic schools
>>read more



Anglican.jpgMates become members in Queensland Anglican schools and make our union stronger >>read more


Doughtnut_time.pngDoughnut Time may have recently re-emerged but workers won’t forget the $200,000 in unpaid wages that accompanied its prior collapse >>read more



Reconciliation.jpgReport reveals Australia is failing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples >>read more


retirement.jpgA teacher member shares their transition to retirement story >>read more



IMG_5637.jpgMassive Labour Day and May Day celebrations see thousands rally to Change The Rules >>read more


Domestic_Violence_-_STOP.jpgMembers in Queensland Anglican schools and Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School win paid domestic violence leave
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workers.pngNew labour hire laws protect Queensland workers
>>read more


NexGen2018.jpgNext generation of IEUA-QNT activists emerge at NexGen conference >>read more


Teacher_in_library_web.pngEmployers still in denial on Catholic school middle leader rates >>read more


St_Josephs_primary_in_Mundingburra_with_our_25_Year_member_Patrizzia_Dray.jpgMembers mark 25 year milestone >>read more



young_teacher.jpgProfessional respect for teachers hits national television
>>read more



Marking_PPCT.jpgMembers draw a line under feedback on student drafts >>read more



Form.pngEmployer seeks employees’ private medical information, highlighting the importance of knowing what you do and do not have to disclose
>>read more


surveillance.jpgSchool levels misconduct allegations based on CCTV footage >>read more


StAnthonys50.jpgUniversities refuse to discuss practicum payments to supervising teachers, which have remained frozen at $12.45 per day since 1992
>>read more


wage_growth_web_qual.pngNT Lutheran teachers hit new benchmark wage for classroom teachers of $102k
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kindergarten_web_qual.pngFederal government abandons kindergartens by cutting Universal Access
>>read more


money_concept.jpgBanking Royal Commission uncovers serious failings in for-profit super versus member-owned funds >>read more


Early_Childhood_web_quality.jpgEqual pay case for early childhood teachers finds support >>read more



women_web_qual.pngUnions launch plan to address inequity for working women >>read more


IMG_7255.jpgCarinity members strike for arbitration as the community rallies around them >>read more


CYCCO_slider.pngSchool officers kick off the fight for Careers You Can Count On >>read more


IMG_6602.jpgCapturing nature: emerging artists recognised in Awards >>read more



WTD_slider.pngWorld Teachers’ Day celebrations highlight the profession we can all be proud of >>read more


weekend.jpgPlan for weekend work at Haileybury Rendall School slammed >>read more


Lilli_Richards_6.jpgTalented student and teachers honoured in Literary Competition >>read more


handsheld.jpgTime to overhaul discrimination exemptions in our schools >>read more



CTR_rally_cap.pngLargest union rallies seen in a decade show workers will not rest until broken industrial rules are changed >>watch now


signing_contract.jpgMember faces 11th year on fixed-term contract, highlighting the extent of the insecure work crisis impacting our schools
>>read more


Empty_kindy.jpgKindy takeover sees staff forced to choose between a massive pay cut or giving up their jobs
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youngwomanportraitbw.jpgWage theft revealed as a $1.2 billion problem in our workplaces >>read more


GUA.jpgMembers take action for gender-neutral school uniform options >>read more  


NN.jpgOutstanding members recognised in IEUA-QNT Excellence Awards >>read more


Our union wishes all members an enjoyable holiday break and looks forward to 2019 – our centenary year – to continue the fight for positive change in our sector.

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