Australians are calling for change

Well we made it. Term 1 now behind us and Term 2 begins. This month we will all be heading to the polling booths to cast our vote.

Australian workers are calling for Changes to the Rules for all workers, so a change of government is needed to achieve this.

Rallies have been held around the country to bring to the attention of workers why we need to change the rules.

If you want a better future for yourself and your children join in and have your voice heard as to why we need to change the rules.

The annual Palm Sunday Rally has just passed and was once again a successful event.

The May Day March will be held in Sydney on 5 May. This is a great day to show solidarity with all workers culminating in a family event in Prince Alfred Park. Mark this date in your diaries and come and join us for a great family day.

Our own Activists Conference was held again in the Easter break and there were 17 very keen participants eager to learn more about the IEU, network with reps from other schools, exchange ideas and learn from one another. In the past, this conference has proved to be very successful, with many participants taking the next step to become delegates to Council, members of committees and also becoming full time officers with the IEU. I take this opportunity to thank Marilyn Jervis for organising the conference. Also a big thank you to Helen Gregory for organising accommodation and looking after the wellbeing of all.

On Tuesday 21 May, the Newcastle Women's Forum will be held at Wests New Lambton Bowling Club. This is always a very successful event and I look forward to hearing the keynote speaker, Natasha Beyersdorf.

The Mid North Coast Branch will be holding their forum in Coffs Harbour Branch. These events are a great way to network and get to know teachers and support staff working in schools in your area.

I trust you had a happy Easter and a most enjoyable break. I look forward to working with you throughout the year.

Chris Wilkinson