Union activism and a desire to see justice for all is in the Laidler family DNA. Helen Laidler and her father Rob Laidler are both IEU Reps, and Helen's grandmother came from a family with a Shearer’s Union member, Journalist Sue Osborne writes.
In the Laidler family, two of four grandchildren, aged from 12 to 15, are thinking of becoming teachers and all are interested in social justice.
Rob has been active in the IEU since the 1980s, and over the years he was a chapter rep, branch president and a member of IEU Council. He was proud to receive his 40-year IEU membership certificate recently.
Having worked in both independent and systemic schools in the Sydney and Parramatta dioceses, Rob retired in 2015 from his principalship at Loyola High School, Mt Druitt, but has maintained his membership of the IEU Principals' Sub Branch and is still available for union activities.