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NSW Greens MLC John Kaye’s anti-non-government school stance is laid bare in his attack today, said Independent Education Union Federal Secretary Chris Watt. “At no point does Mr Kaye acknowledge that advantage and disadvantage exist in both government and non-government schools,” said Mr Watt. “An…
Media Release - Monday 17 October 2011 Friday's meeting of Australian Education Ministers has missed a clear opportunity to ensure that the implementation of the new model measures the actual resources needed to properly educate students with disabilities, according to the union representing 70,000 workers…
The Independent Education Union in a submission to the Gonski Review into School Funding has called for four main points to be addressed, and for these points to be the backbone of any changes to the school funding system: A resource benchmark of funding for…
Media Release - Tuesday 4 October 2011 The Prime Minister should act immediately to invest more in the education of disabled children following her remarks at last night’s Community Cabinet meeting in Tasmania that, "we can do better and we should do better". The Prime…
The Independent Education Union is challenging the Australian Government to increase funding in school education to meet, and beat OECD education funding levels and make Australia a world leader in education. The IEU endorses the NSW Government’s submission to the School Funding Review which clearly…
The Independent Education Union has welcomed the announcement that the next round of Trades Training Centres will give priority to schools in lower socio-economic areas. Federal Secretary of the IEU, Mr Chris Watt said with funding going to around 130 schools across Australia it is…
MEDIA RELEASE - Monday 26 September 2011The union representing teachers in non-government schools has called on the Australian Government and Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to review the treatment of Indigenous history within the national history curriculum. Federal Secretary of the IEU, Mr…
Media Release23 September 2011 The union representing teachers in non-government schools has welcomed the announcement of $41.2 million in digital resources and personal development to assist teachers to implement the new national curriculum. Federal Secretary of the IEU, Mr Chris Watt said, ensuring all teachers…
“The Federal Government’s Positive Partnerships training money has been welcomed by non-government school teachers”, said IEU Federal Secretary Chris Watt. “The Government has recognized and acted on the significant needs for students with disabilities in schools, and in this case students with autism, by ensuring…
“In an extraordinary fashion the Australian government teachers’ spokesperson has effectively called for job cuts in the non-government school sector” said IEU Federal Secretary Chris Watt. “Despite the clear evidence that the OECD data indicates the need for more funding for all Australian schools from…
Media Release - Tue 6 September School funding research papers released last week by the Gonski review are favouring cuts to funding to non-government schools across Australia. Federal Secretary of the IEU said a cut in the Average Government School Recurrent Costs (AGSRC) would mean…
Media Release Tuesday 6 September 2011 The Education Union representing over 68,000 teachers in Australia is calling on the Pacific Islands Forum to take strong action to force Fiji to stop human rights violations of Fijian people and union leaders. The IEU Federal Secretary, Mr…
“The Schooling Challenges and Opportunities paper is a disappointing contribution to the Gonski review”, said Independent Education Union Federal Secretary Chris Watt. “In the first instance the paper incorrectly attributes academic selectivity as the key and fundamental enrolment gate-keeper for non-government schools, while in fact…
Media Release - Friday 26 August 2011 The Minister for Education, Peter Garrett needs to explain what he is hiding when five paragraphs of a speech on school funding given to a principals’ conference were deleted from his Ministerial website. On Monday night Minister Garrett…
The thoughts of the Independent Education Union and its members are with the family and the community after the horrific loss of 11 lives in this week's house fire in Slacks Creek, Queensland. The lose of any life is a tragedy, but this is especially…
Commodore Bainimarama, Along with the 68,000 members of the Independent Education Union of Australia, I have grave concerns for the human rights and working rights of Fijian citizens. I support my Union colleagues in Fiji and call upon you to: • Cease all arbitrary detention…
Joe Hockey thinks that workers need to work at 3am without any penalty rates as compensation to compete with online retail. What do you think? Tell talk back and write letters to the editors. The National Retail Association is applying to change retailer workers' conditions…
Australian Council of Trade Unions MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 11 August 2011 The world is watching: Fijian regime must cease harassment of unions and respect human rights A delegation to Fiji from the International Labour Organisation must be given unimpeded access to workers so it can…
4 August 2011Mr Govind SinghSecretary GeneralCouncil of Pacific EducationPO Box 2592Government BuildingsSUVAFIJI ISLANDSDear Govind The IEUA stands in solidarity with FTU and FTA members and all other union members in Fiji as they face a further attack on their human rights, their working rights and…
The IEU has welcomed the Australian Government's announcement of $25 million for a new round of the National Solar Schools Program. Grants of as much as $50,000 can be used by primary and secondary schools to make their schools more energy efficient by installing "solar…
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