Encourage colleagues to join the Union

I trust you had a relaxing holiday and survived the wet humid weather.

Last year ended with some good news for more than 3000 teachers and 1500 support staff in approximately 35 Catholic independent schools when the Fair Work Commission approved enterprise agreements for this sector.

Also the Fair Work Commission approved a new enterprise agreement for teachers in nearly 50 NSW Christian schools. Pay increases of between 2% and 2.25% start from the first pay period on or after 1 February 2016.

There are no reductions in conditions and this new agreement will be in force until the end of 2017.

Welcome back to all of the exchange teachers who have returned from their tours of duty in exciting and wonderful places throughout the world. You doubtless had a wonderful year filled with new challenges, great experiences and lifelong friendships. You will have some fantastic stories to share and I look forward to catching up with you all to share your excitement.

If anyone is thinking of teacher exchange in 2017 or beyond, now is the time to talk to IEU Exchange Coordinator Helen Gregory, you can start that discussion by email, helen@ieu.asn.au .

I hope the exchange teachers and families who have now returned to their respective schools and homes enjoyed their time with us and take back many happy and lifelong memories and friendships.

Let’s make 2016 the year you become further involved in the IEU. The first round of branch meetings commence in February, so visit the website or ask your Rep or organiser for dates.

The professional development program commences in February with some informative and relevant topics that should be of interest to all. Refer to the website and Newsmonth for dates, times and venues.

If you are aware of anyone in your school who is not a member of the IEU, encourage them to join.

Enjoy Term 1 and keep up the good work.

Chris Wilkinson