The Australian Education Union and the Independent Education Union of Australia have jointly called for a national plan to tackle the ongoing teacher shortage crisis across Australia ahead of Friday’s teacher workforce roundtable with education ministers. AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe and IEUA Federal Secretary Christine Cooper described the roundtable as a crucial opportunity for Ministers to engage with the teaching profession via their unions to address the ongoing issues impacting on the education sector. Read more:AEUFED 2208 JOINT MR ROUNDTABLE FINAL
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Dear Prime Minister We write to congratulate you on the victory of the Labor Party and your personal victory in the recent election. We acknowledge that a new Labor Federal Government offers to our members the hope of change and opportunity and we look forward to working with your government to ensure equity and fairness in Australian society, particularly on the following matters: Read More : Correspondence to The Hon. Anthony Albanese, MP 230522
“Beyond the profound personal and social toll of FDV, women experiencing or who have experienced FDV have a more disrupted work history; are on lower personal incomes; have had to change jobs frequently; and are more likely to be employed on a casual and part-time basis”. Fair Work Commission Decision 16 May 2022 On Monday, 16 May 2022, the Fair Work Commission made an in-principle decision that 2.66 million workers covered by Modern Awards should have access to 10 days paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave, with the terms to be filed by Friday, June 17 2022. This is an historic [...]
25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This year's theme is “Orange the World: END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN NOW!” On this day we call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. We call on people everywhere to wear the colour orange and take action to end violence against women and girls in every community, at home, in public spaces, in schools and workplaces, during conflict and in times of peace. Violence against women and girls is among the most widespread and devastating human rights’ violations we face. A third of all women and girls [...]
Morrison’s Religious Discrimination Bill Enables Workplace Discrimination The Federal Government continues to polarise and disenfranchise the rights of IEU members who work in faith-based schools. On 25 November 2021, Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021. This is the third attempt by the Federal Government to amend religious discrimination legislation Do not be misled by the name of this Parliamentary Bill nor the rhetoric that accompanies its propose legislation. This proposed legislation is purported to be protecting people from discrimination, instead it provides employers with new rights to discriminate. The Religious Discrimination Bill 2021, if accepted will : [...]
Australia’s education unions have thrown their support behind the School Strike for Climate movement, as students and supporters prepare for a national protest in advance of the Glasgow COP26 climate summit. The three unions, representing nearly 300,000 education workers, support this urgent call from students for a moratorium on new fossil-fuel projects, 100% renewable energy by the end of the decade and the funding of a just transition for fossil-fuel workers. A 2050 target is close to useless without a clear and credible plan to get there. That means cutting fossil-fuel subsidies and investing in the secure jobs of tomorrow, today. [...]
Teachers: Leading in crisis, re-imagining the future….. “Teachers have been absolutely outstanding during these incredibly hard times. Now is the time to stand together because together we have the power to effect real change in the world. We are the teaching and learning profession. If the world is to learn the lessons of the pandemic, teachers must take the lead.” (David Edwards, Education International General Secretary) On World Teachers’ Day, we celebrate and recognise the achievements of the teaching profession. Teachers are taking the lead in crisis to ensure all students can continue their education, under extraordinary circumstances. Teachers in preschool, [...]
Every day unions support members who have been sexually harassed at work According to the Australian Unions survey undertaken in 2018, two in three women and one in three men have experienced sexual harassment. There is a plan to make work safer, especially for women. The landmark Australian Human Rights Commission Respect@Work report has 55 recommendations to create stronger rights to eliminate sexual harassment. The Federal Government sat on this report for over a year before it was forced to act . A Bill was put before the Parliament, cherry-picking some recommendations but ignoring the very ones that would make the [...]
Equal Pay Day this year will be marking the 61 additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women must work to earn the same pay as men. In 2020, the number of additional days was 59. What Is Equal Pay Day? Equal Pay Day marks the additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women, on average, must work to earn the same as men earnt on average that year. It is a symbolic day that helps to raise awareness of the barriers women face in accessing the same financial rewards for their work [...]