Belinda McRae has found her voice by joining the IEU and working for change for school support staff.
As a member of the CER/IEU Joint Working Party, she is part of the team undertaking a forensic examination of the work of support staff in Catholic systemic schools, with a view to an improved enterprise agreement.
Office Manager at St Benedict’s Primary School in the ACT, McRae said over the years the work of school support staff has become increasingly complex, but the industrial instruments that cover them have not kept pace.
By undertaking a detailed survey of support staff positions and the way they view their roles, the IEU hopes the working party can negotiate a deal that better reflects the evolving workplace.
“For a long time, I was advocating by myself, but this is not a job for one person,” McRae said.
“Now I feel privileged to be part of this working party, and able to really represent the views of support staff I have worked with over the years.”
So far, the working party has focussed on administrative/clerical roles Level 4 and 6 roles and compared the work of government school support staff with those in Catholic systemic schools.
She said their research has uncovered disparities that give them room to manoeuvre in the enterprise agreement.