The COVID-19 public health crisis and the resulting financial and employment insecurity that has accompanied it, has driven a remarkable surge in new union members. This is broadly consistent with the rest of the union movement in the first quarter of 2020.
During this turbulent time, the IEU has welcomed over 1200 new members to its ranks – over 1200 new teachers, teacher aides, librarians, administrative staff, early childhood teachers, IT support staff, college lecturers, learning coordinators and principals. All are new members who are employed under various arrangements including casual, part time, temporary, and full time contracts.
In this era of crisis, the union movement has again proven itself to be the clear and safe refuge for all workers, including the vulnerable and otherwise unrepresented. We are proud to assist and support our members navigating this perilous moment and are heartened to see collective solidarity and the crucial work of the union movement resonating strongly.
To every one of our new members, we extend a warm welcome. Thank you for standing with us so we can stand with you.