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Home > News > 2020 > August

August

A message of solidarity to our IEU VICTAS colleagues

As IEU VICTAS members face one of the most challenging times of their lives, both professionally and personally, IEUA-QNT members stand in solidarity with you.

Careers you can count on needed for school officers as classification review commences in Queensland Catholic sector

A review of outdated school officer classifications and pay structures has commenced in Queensland Catholic schools, following the implementation of new enterprise agreements.

Brisbane Catholic Education sells out students and staff in Seton College closure

Brisbane Catholic Education’s (BCE) shameful decision to close Seton College is a blatant sell-out of students, parents and staff.

Younger workers to suffer super burden for years to come

Nearly 600,000 workers aged under 35 have drained their super balance to zero under the federal government’s controversial early access scheme.

Employer attempt to terminate agreement rejected by Fair Work Commission

An employer attempt to terminate a collective agreement and place working conditions at risk has been rejected by the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

Employer discriminates against member vulnerable to COVID-19

Employee was told to undertake an unnecessary medical assessment before returning to work.

Community disgrace as refugees and asylum seekers indefinitely detained in Brisbane’s backyard prison

The indefinite detention of approximately 120 men in an ad-hoc facility in inner-city Brisbane has been condemned by our union.

Review reinforces need for permanent ECE funding

Members across the Early Childhood Education sector have renewed their campaign to Fund Our Future following the public release of the Universal Access National Partnership (UANP) final review report.

New campaign seeks to promote First Language Instruction

A new campaign launched by our Yubbah Action Group (YAG) seeks to ensure First Language Instruction in schools and early childhood education classrooms, as a means of actively promoting reconciliation.

To isolate or not: a potentially deadly decision

COVID-19 is a workplace safety issue and its spread is being worsened by job insecurity and work casualisation – making paid pandemic leave provisions essential to protecting working people and the community, as Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Paul Giles writes.

Building your collegial community

IEU member and Gold Coast teacher Jessica Prouten provides her top tips for building your professional community – a critical foundation as you begin your teaching career.

Time to recognise our outstanding activists

Nominations are now open for IEUA-QNT’s annual Member Awards, which recognise the contribution of dedicated IEUA-QNT members.

Sectors under stress: the impact of COVID-19

The Vocational Education and Training (VET) and English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) sectors have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to increased stress and uncertainty for our members.

Combating COVID-19: a collective response

The Queensland and the Northern Territory have so far been fortunate to be spared the devastating impacts of a second wave of COVID-19 in our communities; however, the need to continue our collective response to this crisis and keep employers to account remains paramount.

The case for greater protection of permanent jobs

With less than half of Australia’s 12.5 million workers employed in a permanent, full-time job with leave entitlements, the need to address insecure work has never been greater.

Maintaining a strong voice for members on the Teacher Registration Board

Longstanding IEUA-QNT appointee Elsabe Bott is stepping down from her role with the Northern Territory Teacher Registration Board (TRB) and will be replaced by member and teacher Louise Lenzo.

Gendered Violence: extending the conversation about harmful behaviour at work

Bullying, harassment and violence have no place at work - yet, sadly, evidence shows these behaviours remain a problem in Australian workplaces.

The challenges of COVID-19 in the Pacific

Battling the challenges of COVID-19, climate change, natural disasters and economic recessions is at the forefront of work being undertaken by the Council of Pacific Education (COPE) on behalf of its members in the region right now.

Two Catholic employers renege on back pay as QCEC struggle with FWC approval of agreements

Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office (TCSO) and Downlands College (Toowoomba) have decided to renege on the provisions in the Queensland Catholic Schools’ collective agreements and not back-pay employees who have left employment before approval of the agreement.

Time to recognise our outstanding activists

Nominations are now open for IEUA-QNT’s annual Member Awards, which recognise the contribution of dedicated IEUA-QNT members.

Urgent COVID-19 Member Advisory #13

IEUA-QNT meets with Chief Health Officer on member safety Schools must continue to update protocols & protections

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