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eNews Issue 1, 2019
Sent 16 February 2019

2019 – Looking forward to a year with great possibilities!

  • A note from the General Secretary
  • In Focus: Maxine Brahim
  • Change the Rules
  • International Women’s Day events
  • Anne & Anne: Anne Summers and Anne Aly in conversation
  • Perth Strike 4 Climate
  • ELICOS and Registered Trade Organisation Employment Standards
  • Professional Learning and Calendar of Events
  • Update Your Details

A note from the General Secretary

In our December 2018 eNews, I reflected briefly on a highly successful year. Your union had been active industrially in Enterprise Bargaining and supporting members with school and individual issues. We implemented a Duty Officer system so that members who phoned in would have immediate access to advice and information.

The IEUA WA Branch was also a significant contributor on professional matters relevant to our members. Access was made available to a wide range of Professional Development webinars through the Teacher Learning Network (TLN); we actively contributed to the review of the Teacher Registration Act and we made submissions on proposed changes to Workplace Health and Safety legislation.

Responding to our members
The elected Executive, members from a range of Catholic and Independent schools and colleges, have the responsibility of implementing in practice the IEUA WA Branch Strategic Plan, objectives and values.

The Executive is deeply informed by the results of Member surveys. These surveys have consistently indicated that members want to have more influence and a more effective presence on decision-makers both at the State and Federal level in regard to educational issues.

On that basis, your Executive made the decision late in 2018 that we would become affiliated with the Australian Labor Party (ALP)from 1 January 2019. The affiliation will be reviewed in two years to access the level of effectiveness delivered.

We are already experiencing enhanced access to decision makers such as the State Ministers for Education, Industrial Relations and Workplace Health and Safety:

  • At a Federal level the Branch has been in contact with the Opposition Spokesperson on Education, Tanya Plibersek and has effectively liaised with WA Senators and Labor Members of the House of Reps.
  • From members’ reports we were able to provide de-identified evidence of discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation and religious belief in some WA schools which will inform future government policy.

We are anticipating many more avenues to inform and influence through this relationship.
You can read more here. If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch via this contact form.

We are looking forward to working with and for each of our 5,000 IEUA WA Branch members this year and wish you every success in your endeavours!

In unity,

Angela Briant
General Secretary, IEUA WA Branch

Maxine Brahim, Aboriginal Student Support Unit at Aranmore College

In Focus – Maxine Brahim

Every issue of eNews in 2019 will focus on an IEUA WA Branch member. This month is Maxine Brahim, Coordinator of the Aboriginal Student Support Unit at Aranmore Catholic College. Maxine is one of ten participants in the IEUA National Women in Leadership program and we chose her for her outstanding work as a delegate and also in recognition of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Change The Rules (CTR) Events

The CTR campaign is holding Election 2019 kick-off events in the electorates of Swan and Pearce, both key seats in the upcoming Federal election.
Swan Campaign Kick-off with Sally McManus: 25 February from 5:30pm – Register here
Pearce Campaign Kick-off with Michele O’Neil: 12 March from 6pm – Register here

Professional Learning: Term 1 2019

Another fantastic schedule in Term 1 with a special emphasis on Early Career Teachers. Sessions are every Thursday in the IEUA WA Branch Training Room. Convenient, free parking – register now!

And while you’re there, have a look at the rest of our comprehensive Calendar bursting with special dates and events!

International Women’s Day

Celebrated every year on 8 March, in 2019 we are taking to the streets with our comrades – women AND men – from all unions. Show your solidarity and march for the many who still fight for the most basic of human rights. It’s time to Change the Rules!

Click here to register for the IWD Rally!

Anne & Anne: Anne Summers and Anne Aly in conversation

Hear Dr Anne Summers AO, author of the feminist classic, Damned Whores and God’s Police, in conversation with
Dr Anne Aly MHR, counter-terrorism specialist and Federal Member for Cowan.

Summers will be discussing her latest book, Unfettered and Alive.
Hosted by the Australian Fabians and Emily’s List.

Books will be available for purchase and signing thanks to support from Boffin Books.

Perth Strike 4 Climate

On 15 March, school students are walking out of school to tell politicians to take them seriously and start treating climate change for what it is: a crisis and the biggest threat to our children’s generation and generations to come.

We fully support our students’ right to strike and the teachers that support them. Show solidarity! If you have students striking, make sure you tell them your union is supporting them all the way!
For more information, check out the Facebook event.

ELICOS and Registered Trade Organisation Employment Standards

ELICOS: Click here
RTOs: Click here

You can find all current Awards and Agreements here

Union News

See our Calendar of Events for a full list of professional learning sessions, special dates and events:

25 February – Swan Campaign Kick-off with Sally McManus
26 February – CBCA Book Week 2019 Notables announced
2 March – One Billion Rising March
4 March – Labour Day (WA only)
8 March – International Women’s Day Rally
11 March – Anne & Anne – Anne Summer and Anne Aly in conversation
12 March – Pearce Campaign Kick-off with Michele O’Neil
15 – 20 March – Harmony Week
21 March – Harmony Day
26 March – CBCA Book Week 2019 Shortlist announced
31 March – International Transgender Day of Visibility

If you have an item for our Calendar of Events, please contact us for consideration.

Update your details

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