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Home > News > 2020 > April > IEU seeks meeting with Education Minister to protect members

IEU seeks meeting with Education Minister to protect members

Topics : COVID-19

JobKeeper.pngOur federal union has written to the Minister for Education Dan Tehan seeking urgent discussions regarding the newly announced JobKeeper allowance - specifically regarding our concerns that it does not adequately deal with the situation of many casual relief teachers as well as school support staff.

Concerns have also been raised with the Minister that non-government schools are unlikely to qualify for the JobKeeper allowance. 

Read the letter here. 

Casual relief teachers without income

Casual relief teachers are especially vulnerable during the current COVID-19 crisis as many are facing the upcoming period without income. 

Our union believes that there are innovative models of recognition of prior service with an employer that can be developed in consultation with our union which could form the basis of income provision for these employees.

Non-government schools unlikely to qualify for JobKeeper 

The JobKeeper initiative is unlikely to apply in non-government schools because of the eligibility rules – schools continue to receive significant government funding meaning they will not have had a 30-50% loss of income over the comparative period.

Despite this our union has been made aware that a number of independent schools have threatened a stand down of support staff. 

School support staff must not be stood down while other support is still being pursued. 

There is no shortage of work to be done in this unprecedented time and our school support staff will be vital to ensuring the continued education of all students throughout this crisis. 

Our union believes employers have a responsibility to maintain their staff in the current climate, particularly schools and systems in receipt of high levels of per student funding. 

However, there is a need to consider the wide diversity of schools and their communities to establish appropriate variation mechanisms to ensure workers in all schools can be retained and supported.

Members who have been notified of a stand down should contact our union on FREECALL 1800 177 937 or industrial@qieu.asn.au

Member Advisory #7 was sent to members on Wednesday 1 April and incudes links to member-only resources. If you did not receive this email please contact communications@qieu.asn.au 

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