Focusing on the year ahead

Organisers Steve Bergan and Sandra White from the Lismore Office of the IEU welcome back all members and prospective members for the 2017 school year.

Sandra returns to duties after being on leave in 2016 and looks forward to organising the North Coast Branch. Steve will be responsible for organising in the Mid North Coast Branch.

The Lismore office extends its thanks to temporary organiser Mark Mitchell from the Victorian Branch of the IEU who worked in the Lismore office during Term 4 2016. We also thank Newcastle IEU officer Carlo Rendina for his work in the Mid-North coast Branch during 2016.

We look forward to 2017 with another busy year ahead. The Catholic systemic enterprise agreement is yet to be settled with preliminary meetings having taken place with Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) and the IEU to address our claim at the end of 2016. We will be clearly focused on negotiations during the start of term one and school chapters can expect a deal of information along with visits from IEU officers to address enterprise agreement matters.

Recruitment and retention of members is another area of focus for the IEU in 2017 and the Lismore office is developing a campaign to target both the early childhood and Christian school sectors this year.

Please note the dates and venues of Term 1 branch AGMs along with each branch president. We encourage all members to attend these meetings to play an active role in your Union.

North Coast Branch President Jeff Pratt
(Mt St Patricks College Murwillumbah).
AGM: Wednesday, 15 February 5pm at Lismore IEU office .

Mid North Coast Branch President Suzanne Penson
(Mackillop College PortMacquarie).
AGM: Friday, 17 February 6pm at Nambucca Heads RSL Club.