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IR Omnibus Bill Senate Inquiry – workers to give evidence

Workers to tell Senate Inquiry IR Bill will create insecurity, exploitation and wage cuts Working people from a wide range of industries will give evidence to the IR Omnibus Bill Senate Inquiry. The hearing is an opportunity for parliamentarians from both sides of politics and …

The COVID Jab – Who, what, when, where, why?

Whilst Australian states are still managing COVID spot-fires, the game changer worldwide is the rollout of vaccinations to as many as possible, as quickly as possible. The two main emerging issues for the IEU are: Raising school staff up the priority list and Avoiding the …

Catholic Enterprise Bargaining Update

Members may (or may not) recall that the IEU and the Catholic School Employers agreed to undertake negotiations under the ‘Interest Based Bargaining’ approach, rather than the traditional ‘Positional’ approach. At the table last year, we determined the broad areas of ‘Interest’ for each party …

Lutheran EA approval process

As much as Lutheran employees voted up the proposed Lutheran EA in November, the agreement hit some technical stumbling blocks in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) approval process. This came as a surprise to both parties, as most of the technical issues raised by the …

IEU submission to Australian Government Automatic Mutual Recognition Legislation

(Download a PDF version of this submission – click here)   Submission: Australian Government Automatic Mutual Recognition of Occupational Registrations – Exposure Draft Legislation The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEU) welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the Australian Government’s Automatic Mutual Recognition of …

New national guide to prevention of workplace harassment.

Safe Work Australia has developed new resources to provide practical guidance to businesses to help them prevent workplace sexual harassment, violence, aggression and domestic violence. Under Australia’s model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws, employers must proactively manage risks to health and safety arising from …

The importance of male teachers in the classroom

According to research in 2018, male educators make up just two percent of the workforce in Australian early education, compared to 18 percent in primary schools and around 40 percent in high schools. The rate of decline in new male teachers is alarming, with the …

IEU Speaks – On Gendered Violence

IEU CALLS ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RATIFY THE ILO CONVENTION ON GENDERED VIOLENCE AND ADOPT THE RESPECT @ WORK REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS Background 25 November 2020 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  This date marks the brutal assassination in 1960 of the …

Family breakdown – schools stuck in the middle

Teachers are well aware that teaching is only one part of their daily job. The care of their students goes hand-in-hand with delivering education and learning. Teachers deal directly with the emotional and social well-being of their students, particularly when a student’s parents separate. With …