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Enterprise Agreements – Breaking out of 2% offers… Vote NO!

As the year screeches to a halt, we have reached impasses on the wages outcomes at some schools where overwhelming “NO” votes sent the message to employers that offers starting with a “2” or less just would not fly in the light of CPI figures …

So Long and Thanks for all the Fish – Retirement of Glen Seidel

Some years ago I jokingly talked of early retirement at 70. That quasi-commitment is now knocking at the door and demanding to be honoured after waiting patiently in the wings for this moment. As I hand back my copy of the Fair Work Act on …

Vaccination Policies

As general society is approaching COVID from the basis of “living with” the disease, there is little or no utility in schools adopting stringent policies mandating up-to-date vaccination from all staff under threat of termination for those not complying. The Catholic and Lutheran sectors both …

Progressive Fee Structure – New Category ‘T’

The IEU, like many unions, does not charge a set dollar fee level, but in the interests of equity sets fees proportionately with income. Generally the fee will be less than 1% of gross salary and effectively much less after claiming the tax deduction. The …

The benefits of multiple employer agreements

One aspect of the Albanese Labor government’s Secure Jobs Better Pay Bill which recently passed into law, was the ability of similar employers to be included into the same agreement. This is intended to improve wages, partly by not encouraging businesses to compete by undercutting …

Member benefits – Union Shopper

Union Shopper Executive Officer Andrew Tait (right) talks to IEU(SA) Branch Secretary Glen Seidel about benefits for members. Union Shopper was established over 45 years ago by the Queensland Teachers Union, and quickly grew to where it is today. Now operating as a national service, Union …

IEU(SA) Annual Rep Awards 2022. And the winners are…

The IEU Rep’s role is vital to the IEU’s work protecting members’ rights and entitlements and, as such, the role comes with certain rights and responsibilities. We congratulate the following Reps for their dedication to the Rep role and assisting members in their schools. In …

University of Adelaide – IEU(SA) Award Recipient, Imogen Cox

We are pleased to announce that the 2022 IEU(SA) Award recipient from the University of Adelaide is Imogen Cox (pictured receiving the award from our Pre-service Teacher Coordinator, and Deputy Secretary, Tim Oosterbaan). Imogen’s specialisation is Secondary Physics and Maths and she has recently won …

Life Memberships for Louise Firrell and Glen Seidel

With the retirement of Louise and Glen, the Executive resolved to award them both Life Memberships in recognition of their long service to the Union. Louise was one of the original “footpathers” when the embryonic Association of Teachers in Independent Schools (ATIS) was ejected from …

Results of 2022 IEU(SA) Executive Elections

Deputy Secretary Tim Oosterbaan has been elected as Secretary replacing Glen Seidel after 21 years in the role. Assistant Secretary Louise Firrell is also heading out into retirement after 2 decades at the IEU. Wendy Evans has been elected to the role of Deputy Secretary. …