IEU recovers $3.9m in underpayments and compensation for members

12 November, 2020

In just the last two years alone, our union has recovered more than $3.9m in underpayments, allowances and compensation for members through the work of our expert industrial team and IEU organisers.

IEU-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said this outcome was only possible given the strength of the collective and the expertise of our union’s staff.

“For over 100 years, we have worked with our members to protect their interests and advocate on their behalf,” Mr Burke said.

“Whatever stage of a member’s career, our union is with them every step of the way and when it comes to workplace issues, we are here to provide immediate advice and support through our expert industrial team,” Mr Burke said.

“Our 930 school-based union representatives across Queensland and the Northern Territory are also an important first point of contact for members who need help when an issue arises at work.

“Being an IEU member means you are never alone – we are always with you,” Mr Burke said.

Key outcomes our union has won for members in the last year alone include:

  • $105k in the settlement of a dismissal due to false allegations made against a teacher member.
  • $70k in entitlements recovered for a school officer member whose position was made redundant.
  • $35k in back pay for a teacher member whose employer had incorrectly classified and underpaid them for years.
  • $28k in the settlement for a frustrated contract of employment for a teacher member.
  • $4k in an underpayment of Proportion of Salary for a teacher member.

Mr Burke said IEU members know that when it comes to protecting their careers, union membership is about more than insurance.

“IEU membership means access to a community of 17,000 colleagues who understand the issues you face and a trusted, expert team of professionals ready to assist when you need it.

“It’s about having a strong voice at work and in the community.

“It’s the ability to campaign for better wages and working conditions through collective bargaining.

“We are #IEUnionStrong and together we make a difference.

“That’s why I encourage all members to renew their membership for 2021 if they haven’t already online via our new member portal – MyIEU.

“In 2020 we have faced some of the greatest challenges of our professional and personal lives but we have done so together.

“It’s our collective that endures, as it has done for the past 101 years, and it is our collective that will continue to provide members protection, support and peace of mind throughout their career in the non-government education sector,” Mr Burke said.

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