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Home > News > 2019 > February > 100 years union strong

100 years union strong


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


Since our union originated in 1919 with the establishment of the Assistant Masters Association (followed by the Assistant Mistresses Association in 1921), we have collectively and persistently represented the best interests of education professionals in Queensland and, more recently, the Northern Territory.


Over the years, members have led significant campaigns and won hard-fought battles that helped secure the professional futures of all employees in the non-government sector.


It is to the unwavering spirit of these members that we owe many of the significant working conditions in our sector, including equal pay for women in Catholic schools, boosted superannuation through co-contribution, enhanced leave provision and the classroom teacher wage benchmark of $101,000.

Jenny Finlay, IEUA-QNT member and Early Childhood Education Branch representative, said the 100 years celebration is a momentous occasion.


“100 years of our union in Queensland has meant that teachers across all sectors have comparable conditions. Particularly in the early childhood sector, our teachers are able to get the same conditions and professional recognition as teachers across all sectors in schools,” Ms Finlay said.


IEUA-QNT Principal Branch representative Lea Martin said the occasion was a significant celebration of collegiality.


“The 100 years celebration means to me collegiality, it means working together, it means standing up for our rights and ensuring that for the future we look after our workers, particularly our teachers and our school officers, to ensure they have the best conditions possible,” Ms Martin said.


Teacher member Alex Patten said 100 years of our union meant 100 years of strength and solidarity and a legacy we could all be immensely proud of.


“I believe that we are standing on the shoulders of dedicated members and unionists, who’ve fought for rights and wages and conditions for teachers and school support staff for a century,” Ms Patten said. 


“I’m proud to continue that fight and be a part of our union. 100 years from now, wouldn’t it be awesome to say our membership is even bigger and stronger?”


Throughout 2019, our union will be celebrating our achievements of the last 100 years through Branch events and major member activities – including Labour Day and May Day.


For all the latest 100 years news, events and updates, visit www.qieu.asn.au/100years

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