AEC Post-Election Report

Download the AEC Post-Election Report here

Includes the results of the recent IEU elections.

According to Section 198 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (“the Act”) and the regulations an organisation must make the Post-Election Report and the organisation’s response to the report (if applicable) available to members.

Further, Regulation 141(4) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009 requires an organisation or branch to publish a notice on its website advising members that a copy of the Post-Election Report is available upon request.

However the full report is available through the above link.

IEU Secretariat Report 2019

Download a PDF version here

SECRETARIAT REPORT – BRANCHES’ ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS OCTOBER 2019

Introduction

On 18 May 2019, the Liberal National Party Coalition Government led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, was returned with a one seat majority.

While strong campaigning by ACTU unions to ‘Change the Rules’ ensured that education, health, job security and living wages were kept in the voters’ focus during the election, it did not provide for a change of government. 

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Breaking News: Federal Court finding on AWU raids

The Federal Court has held that the investigation commenced by the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) into Australian Manufacturing Union (AWU) donations from over a decade ago was improper and should not have commenced.

These donations were never a secret. They were declared to the Australian Electoral Commission as required.

From the beginning, the AWU has said the AFP raids were unnecessary and were an egregious abuse of state power for political purposes. This has been an exhausting, resource-draining, and distracting process for the union and the broader union movement, but the Court’s ruling is very satisfying. 

It is important part of democracy that the actions of public agencies can and should be scrutinised and held to account. The AWU offices in Sydney and Melbourne should never have been raided by over 30 police in search of a few pieces of paper.

Read the full ACTU media release here

Read the breaking story in The Guardian here

IEUA Statement – Religious Discrimination Bill 2019

5th September 2019

The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) expresses its serious concerns with the federal government’s draft Religious Discrimination Bill.

The IEUA is disappointed at the continuing
practice of governments to polarize, disenfranchise and make a ‘whipping post’ of
the rights of our members who work in faith-based education.

Yet again proposed legislation completely
exempts religious schools from allowing their employees the same rights that
all other Australians enjoy. Here it is not the freedom to love and marry who
they wish but the freedom of religion and belief itself.

Religious schools don’t need this Bill.

The IEUA believes that the vast majority of
employers in faith- based schools have no difficulty in employing staff of
other faiths and in fact are not threatened by their staff or students
expressing diverse views.

The IEUA has and will continue to lobby
governments and politicians to remove the unreasonable and harmful exemptions
from discrimination law enjoyed by employers in our industry.

As the IEUA has made abundantly clear in
our recent submissions and appearances before Senate inquiries, we believe that
these exemptions are not required by employers. 
Current contractual law obligations and legislation more than adequately
provide for employers to manage their workforces consistent with their beliefs.

The IEUA will call upon the Parliament of
Australia to reject this current Bill as it not only fails to improve the
current undermining of rights of our members but is an untidy and problematic
drafting of legislation that will cause further confusion.

The IEUA will continue to carefully examine
the Bill, seek expert advice and engage with stakeholders to ensure that IEUA
members’ interests are paramount.

Chris Watt

Federal Secretary

Indigenous Literacy Day 2019

Wednesday 4th September was Indigenous Literacy Day, a national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy organised by the Indigenious Literacy Foundation.

Though the day has passed, you can still support the

For more information, visit the Indigenous Literacy Foundation website.