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2019

Over 30,000 LA teachers strike for fair conditions

Members wear union colours with pride

Members showed their union pride on National Union T-Shirt Day!

Haileybury members vote down attack on conditions

IEUA-QNT members at Haileybury Rendall School in Darwin have rejected an employer attempt to cut conditions, including the removal of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher allowances.

Unions changing the rules on fairness

Australian union leader Sally McManus has issued a clear warning ahead of the upcoming federal election: it’s time to change the rules on fairness.

100 years union strong

In 2019, we celebrate our 100 year legacy as a strong union.

Kindy seeks to terminate collective agreement

A community kindergarten is seeking to terminate employees’ collective agreement and force staff onto safety-net Modern Award conditions.

Teacher unionist faces death threats in Philippines

Prominent Philippine teacher trade unionist Raymond Basilio has been subject to death threats due to his role as general secretary of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers.

Two in three women experience sexual harassment at work

A landmark survey by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has revealed the prevalence of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces with two in three women and one in three men affected.

Principals under pressure as employers fail to act

Australian principals are struggling under excessive workloads and increasingly placed at risk of violence, according to survey findings released today.

Are you treated differently in the workplace?

Under no circumstances should employers, or staff members, be engaged in discriminatory practices in our schools.

Members seek paid cultural leave in Catholic schools

As part of Queensland Catholic school collective bargaining, commencing this year, members will be seeking changes to cultural leave provisions – to better capture and address the real needs and responsibilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Yarning Up in 2019

Held once each term, Yarning Up is an opportunity to discuss the issues affecting the work of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members in schools.

The Teacher Personality Project needs you!

Have you ever wondered about how various personality types are attracted to teaching?

‘Perma-flexi’ work an erosion of secure jobs

An employer proposal to create ‘perma-flexi’ employment would erode fundamental working rights and accelerate casualisation in the workforce.

Online professional development for early career teachers

Our union offers a comprehensive online and scheduled professional development (PD) program to help early career teachers navigate their beginning years in the profession.

Government inquiry an exercise in what teachers already know

A federal government inquiry into the status of teachers has heard teachers are increasingly under workload pressure and frustrated by a data-driven learning environment that impinges upon autonomous teaching.

Workers lift lid on horror Amazon warehouse conditions

Workers at Amazon’s Australian warehouse have lifted the lid on a workplace culture built on fear where workers are treated like ‘robots’.

Free psychological support service for Queensland workers

An independent psychological support service has been established for Queensland workers.

Take action to support the Girls’ Uniform Agenda

Today marks International Women’s Day and our union is working together to support the Girls’ Uniform Agenda, who are fighting for fair and equitable uniform policies in schools.

Support crucial in the early years

Our union offers a range of professional development (PD) opportunities to support early career teacher members.

IEU-QNT stands in solidarity with students striking for climate justice

Our union stands in solidarity with students who took strike action for climate justice on 15 March.

Universities refuse to talk prac payments despite 27 year freeze

Practicum payments to supervising teachers have not been increased in over twenty years and the current rates fail to provide any acknowledgement of the work supervising teachers undertake to support practicum students – in addition to their existing workload.

Motion of support following terrorist attack in Christchurch

Our union has extended support to our colleague New Zealand unions in the wake of the devastating terrorist attack in Christchurch last Friday.

The importance of quality mentoring

Mentoring relationships – whether formal or informal – can be some of the most important support networks for newer teachers.

Kindy withdraws Agreement termination bid

Kuranda Kindergarten’s attempt to terminate employees’ collective agreement has been withdrawn in the Fair Work Commission following action from our union.

Renewal time for our Reconciliation Action Plan

Our union’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is due for renewal, with members encouraged to help develop our renewed commitment to reconciliation.

Teacher prac payment stuck in the past

When the payment rate was set for Queensland teachers supervising practicum students, Paul Keating was Prime Minister, Microsoft was releasing Windows 3.1 and the Cold War had only recently ended.

Government presides over biggest drop in living standards in 30 years

Australian living standards have fallen rapidly in the past three years, plunging in the biggest drop in more than 30 years.

Striking Chemist Warehouse workers win 18.75% pay rise

Workers in Chemist Warehouses’ Queensland and Victorian distribution centres have won an 18.75% pay increase over four years, after a 16 day strike over poor wages and conditions.

Wage theft is a business model

A damning Senate report has shone a light on exploitative practises marring the $170 billion franchise industry.

Unsurprising findings in NAPLAN Review: Extreme Pressure on teachers and students

On Thursday 28 March, Queensland Minister for Education Grace Grace addressed the Queensland Parliament in response to the Queensland Review of NAPLAN 2018.

Annual leave loading included in Superannuation Guarantee payments

Members are advised that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has updated its Ordinary Time Earnings (OTE) checklist on its website for annual leave loading, to align with its 2009 public ruling which noted that annual leave loading is always OTE “unless demonstrably referable to a notional loss of opportunity to work over time.”

International Workers’ Day Memorial

Observed on Sunday, 28 April International Workers’ Day Memorial is our opportunity to remember workers who have died, become ill or injured at work.

Members uniting this week to Change The Rules

On Wednesday, 10 April 2019, IEUA-QNT members will unite with union and community members to Change The Rules at rallies being held across Queensland.

The only way to Change The Rules is to change the government

IEUA-QNT members know the rules need to change. With the federal election imminent, members will soon have the opportunity to make these critical changes a reality by voting to change the government.

Time's Up: Urgent action needed to end sexual harassment in Australian workplaces

A landmark survey by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has revealed the prevalence of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces with two in three women and one in three men affected.

Renewal time for our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Our union’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is due for renewal, with members being encouraged to help develop our renewed commitment to reconciliation.

What makes a great mentor?

Mentoring connections, whether formal or informal, can be some of the most important support networks for early career teachers.

Change The Rules message rings out as election called

IEUA-QNT members joined with working people across the country at Change The Rules rallies held yesterday, 10 April 2019.

Employer ordered to stop taking unprotected industrial action against employees

On behalf of members at Langports English College in Brisbane, our union has obtained an order from the Fair Work Commission (FWC) that the College stop taking unprotected industrial action against its employees.

Members call on Langports to drop the lockout

On Friday 24 May, our union rallied to support our members at Langports English Language College who were lock out of their workplace for wearing union badges.

Time to celebrate our 100 year anniversary!

Labour Day and May Day celebrations will be held this coming long weekend (4-6 May), providing a special opportunity to mark 100 years of our union.

Member action leads to secure jobs over contracts

Teacher members at a Queensland non-government school have secured permanent positions after being employed on rolling contracts for a number of years.

ELICOS employer ordered to cease employee lockout

Langports English College has been ordered by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to cease unprotected action against employees, after some staff were threatened by their employer with a full day lockout simply for wearing a badge in support of their industrial claims.

“Flexible ongoing” employment would fuel insecure work

A push from employer groups to create a new “flexible ongoing” class of employee is little more than an attempt to reduce wages and entrench insecure work, according to a recent report.

Experts question NAPLAN data while teaching profession review reveals little

When NAPLAN reached its 10 year anniversary in 2018, researchers at Griffith University sought to investigate its purpose, function and value.

Workers suffer $80 million penalty rate hit with more to come

Australian workers suffered an $80 million hit to their wages across the recent public holiday period due penalty rate cuts, according to recent modelling.

Fijian unionists attacked by police on May Day

Unionists have been arrested and detained in Fiji ahead amid May Day protests over job losses.

Labour Day sees huge turnout of union members calling for rules to change

More than 60,000 union members rallied across Queensland over the Labour Day long weekend, with our union leading the way alongside the Finance Sector Union (FSU) as we each marked our centenaries.

A fairer future for… those in insecure work

Statistics tell us that 40% of Australian workers are employed on insecure jobs. The statistics also say that 1 million Australians are underemployed. They tell us that 1 million Australians are working two jobs.

A fairer future for… workers bargaining collectively

IEUA-QNT members know the current bargaining system is broken.

A fairer future for …women

Working women have disproportionately borne the brunt of Australia’s broken industrial rules.

A fairer future for… the next generation

Leaving a fairer future for the next generation is a shared goal for many. As IEUA-QNT members cast their vote this weekend, they too will be considering the long-term impacts of parties’ proposed policies.

Celebrating our 25 year members

On Wednesday 15 May, chapters across Queensland and the Northern Territory celebrated those who have reached a special milestone – 25 years as members of the IEUA-QNT.

Workers face uncertain industrial landscape

Workers are facing an uncertain industrial landscape for the next three years, following the re-election of the Coalition government.

Teachers locked out for wearing badges

Teachers at Langports English College in Brisbane have been locked out of their workplace simply for wearing badges in support of fair and reasonable industrial claims.

School Officer Day 2019: Careers You Can Count On

On Wednesday 12 June, members across Queensland and the Northern Territory will mark School Officer Day by recognising and celebrating how our school officers and services staff support quality education.

Members at Langports locked out for second time

Langports English College has again locked out IEU members for participating in protected action – this time for 3.5 days.

National Reconciliation Week

This week marks National Reconciliation Week and IEUA-QNT Chapters have held events to demonstrate our union’s support for First Nations peoples, culture and communities.

How valued is your leadership role?

Longstanding deficiencies with middle and senior leader arrangements will be a priority to resolve in the current Queensland Catholic school negotiations, as Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes reports.

Members to rally again over recognition, respect and reward

Our union will rally again on Monday, 10 June 2019 outside Langports English College in support of members who were recently locked out over protected industrial action.

Members subjected to first lockout of Queensland teachers

Teachers at Langports English College have been subjected to employer lockouts during negotiations for the College’s first collective agreement.

A sustainable path to retirement

Starting his career in a small Catholic secondary college for boys in Sydney, IEUA-QNT member Col Grant never anticipated to still be working in education past the customary retirement age.

Teachers are overworked but the solution is clear

Teachers are struggling to deliver student focused education under ever increasing work demands that impose additional hours for data and compliance requirements, according to recent research by the University of Sydney.

Members mark School Officer Day 2019

The invaluable work of school officers and services staff has been celebrated by IEUA-QNT Chapters on School Officer Day – Wednesday 12 June 2019.

Inclusive uniform options for Queensland Catholic schools

Female students in Queensland Catholic schools will soon have the option to wear shorts and pants, as part of new inclusive practices.

NCCD: Data gathering should be fully resourced

The identification, collection and moderation of data for the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) should not be permitted to result in increased workloads for an already burdened teaching staff, as IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Paul Giles writes.

Empowering our beginning educators

IEU member Clare Gilliland is one of our union’s active staff reps and is approaching her last year as part of our beginning educators’ network (BEnet).

First Gender Equality Framework for Northern Territory

The Northern Territory (NT) Government is developing the territory’s first Gender Equality Framework this year with the help of individuals, community and advisory groups, and interested organisations in urban, rural and remote parts of the NT.

NAIDOC Week: Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held in July every year across Australia.

Supporting those seeking asylum

Thursday 20 June marks World Refugee Day and our union is taking steps to support those seeking asylum within our local community.

New casual conversion clause aims to address insecurity in the sector

A new clause inserted into the Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2010 is a positive step forward for VET and ELICOS employees in the fight against insecure work in the sector.

It’s tax time – What work-related expenses can you claim?

Lodging your tax return is easier when you know what you can or can’t claim as a deduction.

Take your career to the next level

Applications are now open for the 2019 NGS Super Scholarship Awards, which provide passionate education staff an opportunity to win one of six $5,000 scholarships.

Members encouraged to have their say on funding for Queensland Kindergartens

The Queensland Government has announced a review of the Queensland Community Kindergarten Funding Scheme, which will consider the future funding model for kindergartens in the state.

Creche & Kindergarten collective bargaining update

C&K collective bargaining continues, with our union having now confirmed, in principle, a 12-month agreement which would provide wage increases on the 1 July 2019 & 1 July 2020.

Members left vulnerable after Commission decision

A recent Queensland Industrial Relations Commission decision has placed a serious question mark over whether members should be participating in excursions, camps, trips and outdoor education.

Federal Government lets super thieves off the hook

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has slammed the backflip which saw the Morrison government once again side with superannuation thieves only hours after ditching a policy that would have seen them let off the hook.

“MasterTheft” scandal reveals systemic nature of wage theft

The ugly truth about the widespread nature of wage theft in Australia has finally been brought to public attention following George Calombaris’ $7.8 million wage theft scandal.

Members want answers on NCCD and audit process

Our union is demanding answers from the Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the multinational financial management firm auditing the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD).

Centenary celebrations across QLD & NT

Members will gather at celebratory events across Queensland and the Northern Territory to mark our union’s centenary.

Former Assistant Secretary appointed to Commission

Former IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Roslyn McLennan has been appointed as a new Queensland Industrial Relations Commissioner.

Langports members no closer to first agreement

After 14 months of negotiations, IEU members at Langports English College in Brisbane are still no closer to having their first collective agreement, as the employer refuses to budge on key member claims.

Catholic employers in denial of workload crisis

In what can only be described as an extraordinary and unprecedented position, Catholic employers have rejected every single initiative suggested by their employees to provide relief from excessive workloads.

Workers’ compensation fails to cover teacher participating in activity with students

The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) handed down a decision on 7 March 2019, which will impact the availability of workers’ compensation for teachers who sustain injuries while participating in activities with students, as Rachel Drew and Rose Sanderson of Holding Redlich write.

Making us sick: survey reveals extent of illness and injuries caused by work

A recent Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) survey on the state of work health and safety in Australia has found that Australians are more than twice as likely to suffer an injury at work then to have a secure job.

Three new Member Awards to recognise outstanding activists

Our union has added three new awards in our centenary year to our IEUA-QNT Excellence Awards, which recognise the significant contributions made by a number of dedicated union members.

100 years, 100 activists: Branches mark our union's centenary

Our union’s centenary celebrations are in full swing with events held in the North Queensland, Far North Queensland, Mackay and Central Queensland Branches this month.

If your working condition aren’t protected, they’re at risk

A recent case in a Queensland independent school has highlighted the risk of complacency around working conditions that aren’t protected within a collective agreement.

Aquinas College commits to School Consultative Committee

The Chapter from Aquinas College, a Catholic secondary college on the Gold Coast, has successfully implemented a School Consultative Committee with the help of our union.

Employer inaction forces members to consider protected action

Queensland Catholic school employers’ refusal to meaningfully respond to key bargaining claims has forced members to escalate their Bargaining with One Voice campaign.

Morrison government backs legal bid to cut sick leave

The Morrison government’s intervention in a legal case to reduce sick leave entitlements for shift workers has failed following a federal court decision.

Retirement nightmare looming for many Australian women

The rate of Australian women facing financial crisis and poverty as they approach retirement is on the rise due to a failing superannuation system that leaves a majority of women with 47% less superannuation than men.

Art Award winners announced

After a competitive round of judging, the 2019 Awards for Excellence in Art Design recipients have been announced.

IEUA-QNT welcomes new North Queensland Organiser

After the retirement of longstanding IEUA-QNT organiser Wendy Hutchinson earlier in the year, our union has welcomed Krystal Pearson into the position of North Queensland Organiser.

‘Master Teacher’ proposal seriously flawed

A proposal from the Grattan Institute to create special roles for 'high achieving' teachers is significantly flawed.

Solidarity for Student Strike 4 Climate

Our union stands in solidarity with students who are taking part in the upcoming School Strike 4 Climate on Friday 20 September 2019.

The enduring gap in our workplaces

Today, 28 August 2019, is Gender Pay Day. This date illustrates the enduring gap in Australian workplaces: the 59 additional days (from the end of the previous financial year) that women must work to earn the same amount as men earn in a year.

NAPLAN results reinforce need to axe standardised test

The latest NAPLAN results published Tuesday confirm the standardised test is going through its death throes; state governments have given up on it, technology has failed it, schools are openly critical and tellingly, there is evidence in the year 9 test results that students have given up on it as well.

Members still in the dark about NCCD audits

Our union is demanding answers from the Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the multinational financial management firm auditing the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD).

Professional collaboration critical to new QCAA process

The new QCE system sets a new approach to senior assessment, combining school-based and external assessment.

Funding changes leave kindys worse-off

A recent change in the funding model of what was previously known as Disability Inclusion Support for Queensland Kindergartens (DISQK), now known as the Kindergarten Inclusion Support Scheme (KISS) has reportedly led to lesser funds being available to assist children with disabilities in Queensland kindergartens.

Medal of the Order of Timor-Leste presented to Australian union movement

The Government of Timor-Leste has presented the Australian union movement with the Medal of the Order of Timor-Leste, for it’s role in securing independence for the country.

Study reinforces significance of smaller kindy class sizes

A recent study titled “Relating preschool class size to classroom quality and student achievement” has found that smaller classes resulted in more one-to-one interactions between teachers and students and improved student literacy skills.

Teacher-targeted bullying – university study needs member input

In April 2019, researchers from La Trobe University published Teacher Targeted Bullying and Harassment by Students and Parents which analysed teachers’ experiences of feeling bullied and victimised while working in Australian public and independent schools.

Fire emergency: advice to members

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 most collective agreements.

2019 Excellence in Art Design Awards

Talented students and teachers have wowed the judges at our union’s 2019 Excellence in Art Design Awards.

Climate change resolution calls for real action

Our union’s Branch Executive has endorsed a resolution in support of students who will participate in worldwide strike action on 20 September 2019 – calling on all levels of government to act on climate change.

Planned ban sees universities reconsider prac payments

Queensland universities have backed away from their refusal to bargain on practicum payment rates following members’ planned suspension of supervisions.

Win for Toowoomba Grammar School Chapter

The Chapter at Toowoomba Grammar School has won better working conditions after their employer failed to propose equitable pay rates for all employees in recent collective bargaining.

IEUA-QNT condemns climbing of sacred Uluru

Our union recently wrote to Senator Pauline Hanson after her attempted climb of Uluru in late August, condemning her actions on behalf of our members.

Religious schools don't need the Religious Discrimination Bill

The draft Religious Discrimination Bill, recently released by the federal government, continues the unacceptable practice of limiting the rights of those working in faith-based schools.

Catholic employers continue to ignore employee voice

Employers in Queensland Catholic schools have once again failed to listen to the voice of their employees, as negotiations continue for a replacement collective agreement.

Federal government seeks to cut sick leave

The current federal government's true disregard for Australian workers continues to be revealed, this time as it seeks to help a multinational corporation to cut workers’ sick leave.

Members urged to have their say on the future of kindergartens

he Universal Access National Partnership, which is crucial for Queensland kindergarten funding, is being reviewed.

Prevention of child sexual abuse must underpin legislative reform

Our union has provided feedback regarding the Consultation Draft of the Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019.

IEUA-QNT member reflects on exchange experience

I always wanted to teach overseas; to continue exploring the world as I loved traveling, and to experience what education was like elsewhere.

Teacher exchange brings challenge and adventure for Gold Coast teacher

If you want more than a holiday; if you want to challenge yourself; if you want to experience a different life; then the only thing you need to say is 'Yes' to a teacher exchange.

Take time for mental health

Mental Health Week is held from the 5-13 October to coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10 October. This year’s theme is “take time for mental health”.

2019-20 Mentoring Program for early career teachers

Last week, we launched our 2019/20 Mentoring Program by welcoming a group of experienced teacher mentors for two days of training at our Brisbane Office.

Darwin members celebrate 100 Years Union Strong

Northern Territory (NT) members gathered in Darwin on 20 September 2019 to celebrate our unions centenary.

Members at Nyangatjatjara College win in new agreement

Wage and allowance increases plus the payment of accrued Not In Teaching Time amongst the significant enhancements for members in their new collective agreement.

Following in Emma’s footsteps

Long-term member and activist Karyl Young has received the Emma Miller Award for her contribution to our union – presented in honour of eponymous union hero, Emma Miller.

New agreement secures continued wage parity for C&K members

Creche & Kindergarten (C&K) members have overwhelmingly endorsed a new collective agreement after an employee ballot saw 95.28 per cent employee approval.

Activists acknowledged at centenary celebrations

Members have gathered at celebratory events across Queensland and the Northern Territory to mark our union’s centenary and recognise some of our outstanding activists.

Early childhood education teachers survey seeks input on national policy

Early Childhood education teachers are being encouraged to participate in a University of Sydney survey examining the efficacy of early childhood education teacher registration in Australia.

2019 Literary Competition

On Wednesday the 16 of October our union celebrated the winners of our 2019 Literary Competition.

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