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The Northern voice : the newsletter for NT-IEU members



The Northern voice : the newsletter for NT-IEU members


Independent Education of Australia - Queensland and Northern Territory Branch


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The Northern voice


vol. 9 no. 3

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Page 2 The Northern Voice The Northern Voice The Northern Voice The Northern Voice The Northern Voice The Northern Voice The Northern Voice The Northern Voice The Northern Judith Cooper Award nominations close soon IEUA-QNT Northern Territory members are encouraged to nominate individuals or chapters who have made an extraordinary impact through union activism. Nominations for the Judith Cooper Award for Outstanding Contribution as a Union Activist are open to all Northern Territory members. The award is named for former leader in the NT Branch and school assistant at St Marys Primary School, Judith Cooper. In 1983, Judith and some of her teaching colleagues at predominately Catholic schools joined together to improve the working conditions of independent school employees. Nominations close Friday, 9 October 2015; visit www.qieu.asn.au/awards for more information. Membership matters when it comes to redundancy Having your position made redundant is a stressful enough situation without extra issues caused by your employer. When an employer seeks to withhold entitlements at this time including redundancy payments the support and assistance of your union is vital. A recent example of a long term member from a Christian school is a case in point. Having been informed by his employer that he would be made redundant at the end of the year, the member sought the help of our union despite having never needed to use our industrial services before. Sadly, not only did the employer provide no consultation process, but the members job was advertised soon after the announcement from the employer. Just two months short of eligibility for their long service leave entitlement, the member had to take sick leave at the start of Term 4. As a result, the employer not only sought to avoid paying the member their long service leave entitlement but also their redundancy payout. Through seeking the support and assistance of our union in dealing with the employer, the member not only received their sick leave payment for Term 4 but was also paid annual leave until 31 December. In addition they received their redundancy payout plus their full long service leave entitlement. A positive reference from the employer was also obtained in this case, enabling the member to quickly secure a new role with another employer. Without being a member of our union, this employee would not have had the ability to access our services and assistance leaving them financially disadvantaged at an already stressful time. Members seeking the support of our Industrial Services team, should call FREECALL 1800 177 938. Winner of the 2014 Judith Cooper Award, Erica Shultz from Holy Family Primary School in Casuarina Tiwi College and Yipirinya School collective agreements Members at the Tiwi College in Winnellie and the Yipirinya School in Alice Springs are currently seeking to secure enhanced working rights and conditions through respective collective agreements. IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said members at these schools join an increasing number of members in schools seeking single site collective agreements. Members in 31 single site schools across the Northern Territory and Queensland are currently engaged in collective bargaining negotiations, Mr Burke said. That means 31 separate agreements for which members have put forward legitimate employee claims to address issues facing the profession and to ensure they are properly recognised and rewarded for the contribution to the quality of education in their schools. These members know that effective bargaining requires a strong employee collective in order to improve working conditions. They also know that without the continued bargaining, the working rights and conditions they currently have could be put at risk. As these negotiations progress, the importance of being part of the collective and a member of our union becomes even clearer to those yet to join. Membership means strength and security, both at the bargaining table and in the workplace, Mr Burke said. To talk with your organiser about securing enhanced working rights and conditions through a collective agreement for your school, call FREECALL 1800 177 938.

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