Dedication of reps in schools always appreciated

Welcome back to Term 2. I hope everyone had the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather ready for the busy 10 weeks ahead.

I had the opportunity to attend the Activists Conference at Leura during the second week of the holidays.

About 16 enthusiastic, dedicated reps from schools in NSW and the ACT attended the two day conference.

This conference provides an opportunity to network, discuss issues and concerns, learn about the various aspects of the Union, NESA updates, industrial issues, the importance of activism, stories from officers and equity and equality issues. Participants are encouraged to share stories and experiences, enjoy the various speakers and just relax and learn from each other.

We really appreciate active and dedicated reps in our schools as they play such an important role in the smooth operation of the IEU. Once again thank you to all reps in all schools for the tremendous work that you do on a daily basis.

All teachers should have now received their invoice from NESA for their registration. Don’t leave it to the last minute to pay your $100.

Great news for all members in Catholic systemic schools – the long awaited Enterprise Agreement (EA) is almost settled.

Voting is scheduled to commence during week three of this term. The IEU recommends a ‘yes’ vote on this EA that now delivers fair salary outcomes to members, with improved conditions and no ‘trade offs’. These negotiations have been ongoing since last December and it has required a huge effort by the leadership team and the IEU’s industrial staff.

I would personally like to offer my thanks on behalf of members for their efforts and time during this process.

We will all benefit from a little extra money in our pay packets and improved working conditions.

Registrations for the Women’s Conference on Friday 24 August are now open. The theme for this year’s conference is Changing the Rules for Working Women and for our Students in their Future Workplaces.

Once again it will be a wonderful conference and I hope to see many new faces along with the familiar ones.

Enjoy the term, have your flu shot and keep well.

Chris Wilkinson