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St Columba College pays $35,000 to the IEU and admits Fair Work Act breaches

Employers are legally obliged to comply with employment conditions in their Enterprise Agreement (EA). Failure to honour enterprise agreement obligations is a breach of the Fair Work Act. Courts can fine employers for breaching the Fair Work Act. If Principals or others are “involved in” …

Teacher Workload – A novel approach in new Catholic EA

Needless to say, any attempt to improve teacher workload, first requires that a full time load is formally defined. The Catholic Schools EA has contained quite detailed codification of teacher workload for many years. Many AIS schools however are strongly resisting the definition of teacher …

Catholic Vaccination Policy Review

Draft Policy Update Finally Released After the IEU repeatedly following up progress since the specified August review date, a draft revised policy has finally been released by the Catholic Education South Australia office for consultation. The IEU position put to employers is essentially that, as …

Highest CPI for 30 years. Where to for Wages?

No matter which measure is chosen, the September quarter CPI figures are higher than many expected. Adelaide CPI at 8.4%, being the second highest capital behind Hobart at 8.6%. National CPI at 7.3%, well on the way to the Reserve Bank of Australia and Treasury’s …

Federal government IR reforms begin repair of a broken system

Our 75,000 IEU members will welcome the federal Labor government’s Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill as an important first step to fairer workplace laws. These changes will make a difference to the wages and working lives of countless members and their families. School and early …

End of year school moves for staff – be wary of your obligations

At this time of year many members contact us about moving schools. With demand for employees being so high many people are taking the opportunity to move onto employers of choice. Two persistent questions come up: How much notice do I have to give? and …

Why teachers say dealing with parents is the worst part of their job

Teachers are under a lot of pressure. Teacher shortages, growing workloads as well as the demands of a complex job mean many teachers are stressed. Unfortunately, recent research shows that parents are not helping. In fact, they are making the problem worse. Teachers are increasingly …