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Home > News > 2019 > October > Activists acknowledged at centenary celebrations

Activists acknowledged at centenary celebrations

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

Members in the Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Rockhampton, Brisbane, Darwin and Sunshine Coast Branches have come together to celebrate the achievements of our union over the past 100 years as well as the activists who have been central to creating change in our sector.

IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the celebrations were an important opportunity for members, both longstanding and newer to our union, to acknowledge all we have achieved over the past 100 years.

“It’s not too often that we are drawn together for an occasion like this; in attending a number of the recent Branch events, I found them a great moment to both reminisce with members about our history, but also to re-energise our union for the future,” Mr Burke said.

“Our union has a very proud history of providing security, protection and better working conditions for education professionals in the non-government sector and it’s important that we take the opportunity, in our centenary year, to celebrate these achievements.”

100 years, 100 activists

As part of the centenary Branch celebrations, our union is recognising outstanding activists with certificates for their important contribution to their Branches and our union as a whole.

“We’re recognising 100 activists for our 100 years and, without a doubt, we would not be the union we are today without those members who have showed strength and resilience in pursuing fairer workplaces for all in the non-government sector,” Mr Burke said. 

Amongst those activists is Cairns member Jodie Worsnop from St Mary’s Catholic College Earlville, who has held a number of representative positions for our union including her current role as a Membership Coordinator for her Chapter. 

Jodie attended our Cairns celebration in August, where she received her 100 years, 100 activists Award in recognition of her work as a union activist. 

“Receiving the award was exciting as it acknowledged that I have played a part in our long history of improving conditions for those in the education sector,” Jodie said. 

“As a Staff Representative, I am able to recruit colleagues to join our union and grow our collective voice.

“Because after all unity is strength – unions provide workers with a powerful, collective voice to communicate to management their dissatisfaction and frustration, negotiate better terms and condition and have someone on your side when you need them most.”

Michael Moy of All Hallows’ School in Brisbane was another recipient of a 100 years, 100 activists award reflecting his dedication as a union member of over 30 years. 

“I was honoured to be acknowledged in this centennial year and humbled by the achievements of the many activists before me, especially those who took the first steps to form our union 100 years ago,” Michael said. 

When asked what being a union member meant to him, Michael responded “The word union says it all: together, we have the power to make things fairer!” 

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