Australian workers can have hope – hope that the decade of policies that have suppressed wages is over thanks to the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill.
Hope that this legislation delivers more secure jobs and better pay and make work fairer for women.
In passing its Respect@Work Bill into law today (28 November), the federal government has fulfilled its commitment to making workplaces safer for women.
Religious discrimination exemptions have been removed from the Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Act after new laws were passed by parliament this week.
The federal government’s Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill would change the working lives of many Australians – making collective bargaining fairer and restoring balance to the process – the exact reason why so many employers are fighting against the Bill.
An IEU member has secured more than $13,000 in back pay and is now correctly classified after our union’s intervention with the employer.
A plan for “indefinite” non-contact duties and no provision for release time used for planning, preparation and correction (PPCT) are just wish-list items the employer at The Essington School is seeking during collective bargaining negotiations.
Members are reminded to exercise caution when it comes to participating in school camps, trips and extra-curricular activities.
Our union’s annual Member Awards were presented to recipients at the 2022 IEU-QNT AGM, recognising the contributions of some of our most outstanding activists.
Recently, lesson banks have been trending in the media as a solution to teachers’ excessive workloads, stress and burnout and while helpful for many, IEU members know they aren’t the solution the ongoing workload crisis plaguing our profession.
Our union remains concerned about the increased use of Permission To Teach in schools as a stop gap for teacher shortages, particularly in regional and rural areas.
The Queensland government has released an updated and upgraded suite of resources for the delivery of respectful relationships education in Queensland schools, which includes a public online hub for students and families.
Our union’s Strong Libraries = Strong Schools campaign continues, with members making use of the new Rate your School Library Tool to provide feedback on the state of their school library.
The federal government’s draft National Teacher Workforce Action Plan to address widespread teacher shortages has been released for public consultation.
Big business and employer groups’ pushback on legislative changes designed to improve wages and balance out the bargaining process smacks of hypocrisy following their decade-long failure to protect workers.
Southern Cross University has been accused of denying the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) its legal right to investigate serious work health and safety issues.
It’s a tough time for Australian workers, with most facing the current cost-of-living crisis with record-breaking real wage cuts and insecure jobs, forcing thousands to work through injuries and illness.
The support of our union has helped secure significant redundancy payments for two members employed in the early childhood education sector.
IEU members have welcomed the federal government’s Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill as an important first step to fairer workplace laws.
Unions have welcomed the Albanese federal government’s commitment to expand access to Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks for Australian workers.
All workers will have access to 10 days’ paid family and domestic violence (FDV) leave in a historic move that follows an enduring union campaign.
The IEU has welcomed the federal government’s budget commitment to fund an additional 4,000 education university places as a $159 million dollar long-term investment in quality teaching and quality learning.
Nick Byway – a long-time IEU member and Workplace Health and Safety Officer (WHSO) at Mt Maria College Petrie – a has won the inaugural TUH Award for Excellence in Safety and Wellbeing.
The recipients for our union’s Literary Competition have been announced for 2022, with the judges impressed by the exceptional talent on display.
Religious organisations in the Northern Territory would no longer be permitted to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity under proposed laws introduced into the parliament this week.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Executive has passed a resolution committing to the success of the ‘Yes’ campaign at the upcoming referendum on the question of whether a First Nations Voice should be enshrined in the Australian Constitution.
The denial of basic industrial action by the Fair Work Commission (FWC), which was to include a ban on answering the phone, is the latest example of just how broken Australia’s bargaining laws are. In a bizarre attack on attempted industrial action by the National...
Queensland Anglican members are rejecting the proposed Hours of Duty model due to be rolled out in schools next year, after an employer-run desktop trial revealed significant and widespread issues.
Several long-standing IEU members are featured in this years’ World Teachers’ Day (QLD) campaign, sharing the moments they celebrate and inspire them as teachers.
Employers would be required to take “all reasonable steps” to prevent sexual harassment under new legislation.
IEU members are increasingly reporting ageist employer actions including being “pushed” towards retirement.
Staff employed in Presbyterian & Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) schools will receive a significant out of cycle wage increase and a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) as a one-off payment, in a decision commended by our union.
Taking periods of leave without pay or leave on half pay during the year can affect holiday pay over Christmas.
With the new year approaching, new timetables are being organised and set in every school, so it’s important to know your rights when it comes to Hours of Duty.
Artistically talented students have impressed the judges at the recent Independent Education Union – Queensland and Northern Territory (IEU-QNT) Excellence in Art Design Awards.
If you teach an Applied Syllabus in Queensland, now is the time to have your say in the Senior Syllabus Review.
Our union has recently supported a number of IEU members with psychological injuries through WorkCover claims, particularly in high-risk educational workplaces.
The Australian Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund’s (ACSRF) LifetimeOne product has failed against the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) benchmark performance test for a second year in a row.
Our union’s advocacy has resulted in the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) accepting and upholding an IEU members’ discrimination and sexual harassment complaint, despite it being raised outside the strict 12 month time limitation.
The federal government’s Jobs Summit could herald in a new era for workers.
Over $1.3 million in payments have been returned to members in the past financial year.
Members should be aware of insidious tactics used by some employers who are shamefully giving their staff “redundancies by stealth”.
A typical Australian woman must work 60 additional days to earn the same as a man.
Taking action on gender inequity could create $111 billion windfall for Australia.
Unions and employers reach consensus on skills and training reform.
The federal government will deliver an action plan in December 2022, following the recent round table discussion on the national teacher workforce crisis hosted by Federal Education Minister Jason Clare.
IEU members have a place at the table along with other key on the implementation of the new national curriculum within Queensland.
Our union and the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) are continuing to negotiate for new rates of pay and working conditions for practicum supervision and co-ordination.
Our union continues to ensure our members are advocated for and their professional voices are heard at the highest possible levels.
Members should be aware the NT government has exempted the teaching profession from participating in the Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) scheme, meaning teachers are currently unable to use the AMR scheme to work as a teacher in the NT.
The union movement has signalled support for expanded migration if key reforms met.
Secure work should be the nation’s top macro-economic goal.
The reasons behind the current teacher and school staff shortages are many and complex – but Education Minister Jason Clare’s planned Teacher Workforce Roundtable is a good start towards the changes needed to tackle the current staffing crisis.
The IEU Chapter at the Samford Valley Steiner School Chapter have secured their very first collective agreement with the ongoing support of our union, winning key work conditions and wages protections.
IEU members at Hymba Yumba have secured powerful new provisions in their collective agreement, the first of their kind in education, which will contribute towards Closing the Industrial Gap.
University staff threatened over refusal to volunteer for unpaid work.
Employers threatening to terminate collective agreements, force workers onto minimum conditions.
IEU members’ voices have been heard loud and clear in Canberra following a delegation of members to Parliament House last week.
Catholic employing authorities have or are communicating to their teaching and non-teaching staff that they will commence paying the full wage increase due to employees under the collective agreement now that the public sector 2022 wage increase is known.
Two IEU-QNT members have been acknowledged for their outstanding contributions within the Queensland Catholic education community at the 2022 Spirit of Catholic Education Awards.
After a decade of unions campaigning for 10 days’ paid family and domestic violence leave, the new federal government has passed legislation to enshrine the right of access for all workers.
Nominations will soon be open for our union’s annual Member Awards to recognise those members and Chapters who make a difference to our workplaces and profession.
Applications are now open for full-time or part-time teachers, middle leaders and principals to participate in a short-term virtual exchange paired with teachers from either Alberta (Canada) or Colorado (USA).
Despite numerous high-profile cases, egregious examples of wage theft continue to be unearthed.
Unsustainable workloads, fair pay and career pathways are the top priorities for Queensland Catholic members as preparations for collective bargaining continue.
A Brisbane-based community kindergarten employer wants to freeze wages, cut redundancy provisions
New financial year brings boost to all workers’ super balances including 300,000 who previously received no super at all.
IEU membership has made the difference in the face of an increasing number of employers who have refused safe work for pregnant employees.
IEU support successfully overturns WorkCover decision after it refused to cover the surgery costs of member injured at work.
NSW Government seeks to impose $110,000 fines for workers who go on strike directly undermining the right to strike in legislation.
A quarter of Australian workers will get a pay rise following a union campaign which lead to today’s Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision to increase the minimum wage.
The right to a safe and healthy work environment is now enshrined int the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) framework of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
Our union continues to advocate for members in practicum supervision negotiations as well as in the initial teacher education space, where our concerns are growing.
A new government brings new opportunities for real change in the teaching profession and ensuring the voices of teachers are at the heart of those changes, writes IEU-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke.
IEU members should be aware of a number of key changes in the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)’s recently released new Australian Curriculum.
New Monash University research has found that nearly half of teachers are ready to leave the profession due to unsustainable workloads.
The workforce crisis in Australian schools should be recognised as a sign that schools need greater staffing and resourcing to deliver high-quality, high-equity education for all students.
The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) is undertaking consultation with key stakeholders about its process for transitioning from provisional to full registration policy.
Big business is thriving while workers struggle amidst cost of living crisis.
Employers are creating confusion around the implementation of the new Experienced Proficient Teacher (EPT) classification.
Carinity Education is forcing a vote on inferior pay and conditions that would leave staff worse off over the next three years.
IEU Chapters have marked School Officer Day (Wednesday, 8 June) with celebrations recognising the difference school officers and services staff members make to our schools and to education.
Our union’s strong collective voice has again made a difference, securing the payment of an interim 2% pay rise for Catholic school staff.
This year’s National Reconciliation Week (NRW) theme of Be Brave. Make Change is a timely one, given Australians have elected a new federal government committed to making change for First Nations Peoples.
Today, 26 May, is National Sorry Day a day to remember and acknowledge the shameful mistreatment of First Nations Peoples and the Stolen Generations who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.
The agenda includes four key union campaigns.
A new government brings new opportunities to achieve the real change our members have been calling for, writes IEU-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke.
Recent wet weather and unseasonably high levels of humidity across Queensland has led to an increase in the prevalence of mould being reported at school sites.
In an historic move more than 2.5 million additional workers will receive paid family and domestic violence leave.
For those who identify as LGBTQI+, working in faith-based schools often includes a level of fear or distress.
Workers forced to raid retirement savings to get on property ladder.
Queensland Catholic employers seeking to freeze school officer wages despite the deepening cost of living crisis, with teachers likely to follow.
Over 7000 aged care workers have walked off the job in protest at the current federal government’s inaction to address workload and low wages within the aged care sector.
Casual boarding staff in Northern Territory Catholic schools working on public holidays will receive 278% of their ordinary pay rate following IEU action.
The average Australian worker would have earned $10,000 more if real wages had kept pace with productivity since 2013 – the year the Coalition federal government was elected.
High achieving prospective teachers would get up to $12,000 per year for entering the profession should the ALP win the federal election.
Teacher professional boards are significant governing bodies for our profession – ones which IEU members fought to establish and then to be part of the representative body.
Teachers who are working in very remote areas are encouraged to apply for a scheme which reduces Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts.
Our union will host the first School Library Forum on Thursday, 28 July to bring together IEU colleagues working as Teacher-Librarians as well as Library Assistants to create a plan for the future of our school libraries.
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed a new draft model for self-assurance in the Vocational Education Training (VET) sector and are now seeking feedback from the sector.
With NAPLAN testing being held this week across the country, it is a good time to review the upcoming changes set to be implemented following the 2020 NAPLAN Review and the longstanding advocacy of our union to all levels of government.