Welcomed action on Wage Theft

Following the completion of the State Inquiry into Wage Theft in July, the Report based on that inquiry has been released  which includes 28 recommendations for both Commonwealth and State governments, proposed by the author of the report, former WA Industrial Relations Commissioner Tony Beech, based on submissions to the Inquiry.

The IEUA WA Branch welcomes the initiative which supports the need for a closer collaboration between unions and employers on educating workers about wage theft and the tools available to them to report it.

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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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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.

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

IEU Speaks: No Progress on Gender Pay Gap

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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And the winner is…

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 CBCA Book Week Awards. One of the winners and two of the honoured books are by West Australian authors and illustrators!

Congratulations to all the winners – as usual all finalists were incredibly rich and visually stunning contributors to the vast body of Australia Children’s Literature.

It’s not too late to enter the IEUA WA Branch CBCA Book Week competition – find out more here!

Book of the Year: Older Readers


Between Us Clare Atkins
Black Inc. Books ISBN: 9781760640217

Honour Books:

Small Spaces Sarah Epstein
Walker Books Australia ISBN: 9781921977381

Lenny’s Book of Everything Karen Foxlee
Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781760529444

Book of the Year: Younger Readers


His Name Was Walter Emily Rodda
HarperCollins Publishers ISBN: 9781460756188

Honour Books:

Black Cockatoo Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler
Magabala Books ISBN: 9781925360707

The Peacock Detectives Carly Nugent
Text Publishing ISBN: 9781925603705

Book of the Year: Early Childhood


Tricky’s Bad Day Alison Lester
Affirm Press ISBN: 9781925712513

Honour Books:

Heads and Tails: Insects John Canty
Berbay Publishing ISBN 9780994384164

Here Comes Stinkbug! Tohby Riddle
Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781760523527


Book of the Year: Picture Book


Cicada Shaun Tan
Hachette Australia ISBN: 9780734418630

Honour Books:

The Mediterranean Armin Greder
Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781760630959

The All New Must Have Orange 430 Michael Speechley
Penguin Random House Australia ISBN: 9780143788973

Eve Pownall Award


Sorry Day Coral Vass & Dub Leffler (Illus.)
National Library of Australia ISBN: 9780642279033

Honour Books:

The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope Mark Greenwood & Andrew McLean (Illus.)
\Walker Books Australia ISBN: 9781925081381

Make Believe: M. C. Escher for Kids Ryan, Kate and Cally Bennett (Illus.)
National Gallery of Victoria ISBN: 9781925432558

CBCA Award for New Illustrator


Grandma Z Daniel Gray-Barnett
Scribble Kids’ Books ISBN: 9781925322156


Invitation to The Independent Education Union of Western Australia, Union of Employees Annual General Meeting and the IEUA WA Branch General Meeting

When: Wednesday 12 June 2019
Where: Ivan Sands Boardroom
, IEUA WA Branch,
Suite 17, 63 Knutsford Avenue, Rivervale
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

The following reports will be presented:

President’s Annual Report
General Secretary’s Annual Report

Independent Education Union of Western Australia, Union of Employees
Annual Financial Report 2018

Independent Education Union of Australia, WA Branch
Annual Financial Report 2018

The meeting will include acknowledgement of and presentations to our long-term union members of 25 years plus.

Light refreshments will be provided from 4pm.

Please register your
attendance by Wednesday 5 June through this link: 

Members have been contacted by email, text or letter with the password to access the financial reports. If you have not been contacted and would like to view the reports, please contact

In Unity

Angela Briant
General Secretary
Independent Education Union of Australia WA Branch

What’s happening in the Philippines? [updated]

UPDATE: Read the joint statement released by the Global Council of Unions here The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has called an international day of action in solidarity with unionists in the Philippines.   

The latest police crackdown targeting unions and human rights defenders occurs amid a broader climate of government repression in the Philippines.  Unionists are arrested, offices are raided, and trade unionists have been murdered.

The 2019 ITUC Global Rights Index names the Philippines as among the ten worst countries in the world for workers’ rights. 

To support the global day of action, WA unions and their members are asked to:

  1. Print and sign the attached model letter to President Duterte, which has been drafted by the ITUC.  Please then send the letter to as an attachment. The letter will be submitted to the Consulate by UnionsWA President Steve McCartney on Tuesday.

    Please DO NOT send them straight to the Philippines government. 

  2. Support the Solidarity Action which has been arranged for Perth as follows:
    1. Date: Tuesday, 10 December, 2019
    2. Time: 9am
    3. Place: 21 Biscayne Way, Jandakot

  3. There is also a webinar with international speakers scheduled for early Sunday morning (5am Perth time). For more details on how to access the webinar via Zoom, please click here.