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.
The annual celebration day sees Chapters host morning tea celebrations to say ‘thank you’ to school support staff for their work and dedication.
School Officer Day gives visibility and recognition to the critical role of school officers and services staff in the delivery quality education while also acknowledging the particular professional issues they face.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the theme of this year’s celebrations – Careers You Can Count On – is a salient reminder of the insecure work arrangements faced by many school support staff and our campaign as a union to address these conditions.
“School officers and services staff continue to face inconsistent pay, casualisation, a lack of professional development and recognition,” Mr Burke said.
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“These issues create real hardship, both financially and professionally, when school support staff are left feeling undervalued due to their employment arrangements.
“Overcoming these issues will require a united, collective response at the school level, across sectors and throughout our broader union.”
My Burke said IEUA-QNT Chapters understood the importance of a strong membership and approached School Officer Day with a view to growing our union.
“There is no doubt that a growing membership is vital to the fights ahead.
“I encourage all members to continue to have conversations with their colleagues about the concerns they face in their school and in our sector.
"It's an opportunity to talk about the improvements members would like to see in their workplaces and be active within our union to achieve change.”