We present what matters most to IEU members and what’s on their minds.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta variant began in mid-June, leading to strict and lengthy lockdowns throughout Greater Sydney and regional NSW, members have inundated the IEU’s Facebook page with questions, comments, feedback, frustrations and support. Member feedback is an essential element of union democracy.
From our media releases calling time and time again for the NSW Government to prioritise all teachers and support staff in all education settings for vaccination to our open letter to the NSW Premier asking for a rethink of the rushed return of Year 12s to classrooms, you’ve had plenty to say – to the IEU and to each other.
When the union had a briefing with NSW Health, you shared your Work Health and Safety concerns with us to present to them. You were there when the IEU supported members on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald and you watched as IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary Mark Northam stood up for you on the Channel 9 Evening News.
You appreciated a letter of support from the Maritime Union of Australia and a shout-out to teachers from well-known journalist and broadcaster Mike Carlton.
And you especially loved a letter from Peter Webster, Principal of St John XXIII Catholic Learning Community, to the NSW Premier asking for all school staff to be classified frontline workers for vaccination.
One key concern recurs frequently: vaccination priority. We hear you, we support you, and we’ve been campaigning relentlessly since January for all education staff to be included in priority groups for vaccination. That this has fallen on the NSW Government’s deaf ears frustrates your union as much as it disappoints you. Rest assured, will not give up until vaccination is available to every member who wants it.
Often you agreed with union posts and sometimes you didn’t – but we welcome all feedback as long as it’s respectful. We commend our comments section to you.