Three new organisers have recently come on board to offer their services to IEU members.
Patrick Devery began his teaching career in 1989 at Mt Carmel Catholic College, Varroville and spent some time at St Gregory’s College in Campbelltown before embarking on the ‘obligatory’ overseas odyssey.
He worked as a semi professional trumpeter before returning to St Greg’s in 1994, and then moving to St Mary's Cathedral College Sydney, where he became curriculum coordinator.
More recently he has been teaching casually and working as a timetabling consultant.
Pat is no stranger to IEU circles, having served on IEU Executive for 10 years, as well as serving as a rep and branch president.
“I got the sense that the employer was reluctant to give any ground and the Union was the only driver of any improvements to industrial conditions in the workplace.
“As a young teacher I enjoyed feeling like I was part of a decision making body that could effect change.”
As a full time IEU organiser, Pat hopes to empower and inspire members to engage with the Union, and understand that they are the Union, and that its success relies on their input.
“Now that all teachers, pre-2004 and early childhood, must do accreditation, I feel like there are some things that can be done industrially in the professional development space,” Pat said.
Some members may also know Pat for his work with the annual school bands festival, a non competitive event which attracts 320 bands and 10,000 students every year.
Former high school English teacher Aidan Anderson has unionism in his DNA, with his great grandfather a 50 year financial member of ABTEF, and his mother an active PSA delegate who strongly influenced him to get involved.