Catholic Lockout? Please sign this petition

Further to the media release below, the IEUA-QNT is requesting member support from all state branch members by clicking here and signing this petition. The petition will be forwarded to the Queensland IEU branch for presentation to the employer.

 


The following gives some background about this urgent action.

 

MEDIA RELEASE from our Queensland and Northern Territory Branch:

QLD Catholic school employers become first in Australia to threaten lockout of staff

7000 teachers and support staff would be locked out creating chaos for Catholic schools across Queensland

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IEU Secretariat Report 2019

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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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IEU Speaks: No Progress on Gender Pay Gap

https://www.wgea.gov.au/data/fact-sheets/australias-gender-pay-gap-statistics


Wednesday 28 August 2019 is Gender Pay Day.

This date illustrates the 59 additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women must work in order to earn the same amount as men earn in twelve months.

Gender Pay Day is an important reminder of the continuing barriers women face in accessing the same opportunities and benefits as men in Australian workplaces.

WA is the “winner” of this dubious honour – again
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Not good enough – A statement from IEU National about NAPLAN

Whatever the merits of an ‘online’ NAPLAN, the simple fact is that there is an extraordinary imposition on schools to deliver this new platform.

Schedules and re-rooming arrangements impact the entire school.

‘NAPLAN coordinators’, a thankless task assigned to some poor souls in schools, have been busy in recent days and early mornings this week to try to ensure that the technology at the school is operational and ready.

Rescheduling of classes to access limited devices for the online test means interruption to teaching and learning across the school.

So, when the system fails through no fault of the school, there are significant stress and work intensification issues that confront school staff across Australia.

The goodwill of school staff, teachers and education support staff, is fundamentally abused when the system fails to work.

The failings in the last two days, no matter how limited, but certainly much broader than reported, cannot and should not be tolerated.

There seems to be little appreciation for the scale of additional work and internal re-organisation that is required in schools to deliver NAPLAN.

The IEUA Federal Executive meeting next week (Thursday 23 May) will consider a resolution that will demand a consistent and appropriate level of support and resourcing from employers and ACARA, or in the alternate a recommendation for schools to withdraw support for future NAPLAN testing.

The IEU supports the School Strike 4 Climate

The IEU stands in solidarity with students striking for climate justice on 15 March.

The IEU commends students for their courage and determination in calling for real action to combat climate change. Today’s students face a future which will be affected by climate change, and they know that the extent and severity of the impact on them and their children depends on decisions made by governments and business leaders today.

We share their deep concerns about the health of the planet that future generations will inherit, and we share their anger at the inaction of policy makers around the world. In the face of clear scientific consensus and strong public concern, governments are failing to take the urgent actions required to minimise and mitigate climate change. 

Australia’s current federal government deserves particular censure for failing to take meaningful action to address the climate emergency.

Through their participation in this movement, students around the world have shown the courage to reject apathy and embrace hope and solidarity, and by doing so have reinvigorated the campaign for a sustainable future. We support their actions and their democratic right to protest, and we encourage school leaders to respect the decision of students who wish to participate in the global school strike on 15 March.

Finally, and most importantly, we call on politicians and business leaders both in Australia and around the world to heed the vitally important message delivered by these students, and to recognise the clear moral responsibility to leave a sustainable world for future generations.

Support the action by registering here