Standing up for support staff

Judy Miller joined the IEU as soon as support staff became eligible for coverage.

She’s been a lab technician at PLC Armidale for 27 years, and said she felt ready to take on more of a voice for support staff in recent years.

Having attended IEU Council as an observer, she was encouraged to become chair of the school’s IEU Chapter, and now regularly attends Council, adding a voice representing support staff.

“It’s very important to have a member of the support staff in such a position,” Judy said.

“It’s not as scary as some might think. In fact it’s very rewarding to be able to provide that representation and advocate for the support staff as a whole.

“I would encourage all members of the support staff at any school to consider becoming involved.

“It gives the IEU a cohesive voice when it is negotiating with employers. We need to support each other. Collegiality is the key.”