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  • Catholic Schools in NSW/ACT to go pupil free for next week

    The IEU acknowledges the decision made by the 11 Dioceses of NSW/ACT to implement Staff Development days for next week, in line with requests made by the union to provide teachers and support staff adequate time to prepare for a new hybrid learning environment.

    3 Apr 2020
  • Industrial updates

    Find out about progress on agreements in Catholic schools and NSW Christian Schools.

    30 Mar 2020
  • Lismore Catholic Schools Update

    The IEU has been lobbying the Lismore CSO to reconsider their position in allowing staff to work from home due to carers responsibilities and elevated levels of stress and anxiety in the current COVID-19 climate.

    30 Mar 2020
  • IEU petition - Time and Trust: Remote Learning Now!

    Sign the IEUA NSW/ACT petition for an immediate transition to emergency schooling arrangements w/ reduced student attendance. Teachers & support staff must be given time and a safe work environment in the transition to a hybrid education model.

    26 Mar 2020
  • NESA teacher accreditation during COVID-19 (NSW)

    Recently, the IEU represented members’ concerns about accreditation requirements to NESA. NESA has issued the following advice to ease requirements during this time period.

    26 Mar 2020
  • The Director of Schools has sent the following advice to principals in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese

    In what is a great leap forward in the rights and entitlements of Catholic school staff in Maitland and Newcastle, the Director of Schools has provided guidance to principals to enact a range of positive safety measures advocated for by the union, including provisions allowing all vulnerable staff to work from home wherever possible.

    26 Mar 2020
  • IEU response to CCER letter from 23 March

    The IEU has written in response to CCER's letter from 23 March regarding your working entitlements and conditions in the current COVID-19 situation.

    24 Mar 2020
  • CCER responds to IEU correspondence

    The union has received a letter from CCER, responding to the union's 19 March letter pertaining to the current issues emerging for staff and students in the current COVID-19 health crisis.

    24 Mar 2020
  • NSW Catholic schools to remain open

    Catholic Schools NSW have announced in a media statement this morning that Catholic Schools in NSW will remain open for the duration of term one.

    22 Mar 2020
  • IEU position for Catholic schools regarding COVID-19

    In light of the unfolding health crisis and recent developments concerning Catholic schools remaining open in the foreseeable future, the IEU is requesting the following concerns be addresses as a matter of urgency. These matters are causing distress to our members as long as schools remain open.

    19 Mar 2020
  • Keep teachers and support staff at centre of COVID-19 talks

    The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch is calling for immediate crisis talks with employers representing non government schools and early learning centres about the vexed issue of social distancing and other concerns in the face of COVID-19.

    18 Mar 2020
  • Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst extends entitlements to casual employees

    The union is gratified to see the Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst following the spirit of the union's recommendations to employers, and joining the diocese of Wollongong in extending employee entitlements to casual employees.

    16 Mar 2020
  • Wollongong Catholic schools' response to COVID-19 a high standard

    The announcement today from the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong, clarifying specific leave entitlements for employees with regards to the COVID-19 health crisis, has been well received by the Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT Branch.

    12 Mar 2020
  • Coronavirus advice for Catholic systemic schools

    This advice only applies to employees working in Diocesan Catholic Education/Schools Offices (CEOs). The union has received a response from Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) on behalf of Catholic systemic schools across NSW and ACT in relation to the impact of coronavirus on employees.

    12 Mar 2020
  • Bathurst Catholic employers won't talk

    Teachers and support staff in Catholic schools in the Bathurst Diocese in central west NSW and their union representatives were left frustrated on Wednesday 26 February when the newly appointed Executive Director of Schools for the diocese, Christina Trimble, cancelled negotiations for a new Work Practices Agreement at short notice. The current agreement expired in December 2019.

    28 Feb 2020
  • Update on EA negotiations: Catholic systemic schools

    The union has been meeting with the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) concerning a new enterprise agreement to apply to teachers and support staff from January 2020. CCER has so far agreed to a number of the union's claims, but many key issues remain outstanding.

    28 Feb 2020
  • Talks underway on transfer of employment in Diocese of Lismore

    Lismore Catholic Schools Office (CSO) representatives have met with the IEU to discuss the long-foreshadowed transition to a new corporate entity, the Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools Limited (DLCSL).

    25 Feb 2020
  • Update on enterprise agreement negotiations for Catholic systemic schools

    The IEU is meeting the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations again this week to continue discussing our claims for a new enterprise agreement for teachers and support staff in Catholic systemic schools. While we've managed to secure a number of positions, there are a number of issues that remain outstanding.

    10 Feb 2020
  • EA bargaining update - NSW/ACT Catholic systemic schools

    The union met formally with CCER to commence preliminary negotiations over the union’s proposed enterprise agreement on behalf of teachers and support staff in Catholic systemic schools in NSW and ACT.

    18 Nov 2019
  • Catholic Schools Office staff to take industrial action

    Professional officers, education officers and administrative staff working at the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese Catholic Schools Office (CSO) will stop work for two hours on Wednesday, 20 November from 8.30am to 10.30am.

    14 Nov 2019
  • Bargaining begins for new EA

    IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary John Quessy announces the start of bargaining for a new Catholic Systemic EA, in a message to members.

    24 Oct 2019
  • Catholic systemic school staff - do you know your claim?

    The NSW and ACT Catholic systemic schools enterprise agreement expires on 31 December this year and Union members are now being asking to meet and endorse a new claim.

    6 Aug 2019
  • Wilcannia-Forbes: Members vote in support of a WPA

    Members in the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese have voted to endorse the Union's claim for a Work Practices Agreement.

    4 Jul 2019
  • Long service leave for Sydney Diocese Catholic school staff

    IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary, John Quessy has sent a letter to IEU reps in Sydney Catholic systemic...

    21 Jun 2018
  • Catholic systemic school EA 2017 and workload agreements now available

    Catholic systemic school's have voted 'yes' to a proposed Enterprise Agreement.

    31 May 2018
  • News release: 98% ‘yes’ vote for Catholic schools agreement

    Teachers and support staff in Catholic schools in the ACT and NSW have overwhelming backed a new enterprise agreement, with a resounding 98% voting in favour of its adoption.

    24 May 2018
  • Latest: IEU members in Catholic systemic schools support new EA

    Teachers and support staff across 11 dioceses have voted to adopt a new Enterprise Agreement...

    24 May 2018
  • Vote quickly, voting closes Wednesday 23 May 5 pm

    Voting is now open for the new proposed EA for teachers and support staff in all Catholic systemic schools...

    21 May 2018
  • News release: Catholic teachers to vote ‘yes’ to new enterprise agreement

    Catholic teachers and support staff in NSW and ACT schools will vote ‘yes’ to a new...

    11 May 2018
  • Update:Settlement imminent on the Catholic Systemic Enterprise Agreement

    The Union is on the brink of celebrating the full and final settlement...

    3 May 2018
  • Catholic systemic schools EA update: When can you vote on a new EA?

    (Video Transcript) Hello, this is a further Enterprise Agreement update...

    28 Mar 2018
  • Message to members in Catholic systemic schools - thank you

    IEU Secretary John Quessy has sent a message to members in Catholic systemic schools, thanking them for their "strong voice" throughout the campaign.

    14 Dec 2017
  • More dioceses commit to backpay

    Well done members! CEOs in almost all dioceses have committed to backpay teachers and support staff.

    13 Dec 2017
  • In three dioceses, employers commit to backpay by end December!

    Members your actions have done it! Catholic employers in the Dioceses of Wagga Wagga, Parramatta and Broken Bay have sent a letter to staff informing them of the prompt delivery of their backpay.

    13 Dec 2017
  • Support staff urged to vote NO to employers' EA

    A letter has been distributed to Catholic school support staff explaining why the agreement being offered to them by Catholic employers strips them of their basic working rights.

    8 Dec 2017
  • Australian Election Company responds to members' concerns on EA voting

    Members in Catholic systemic schools have reported technical issues as voting commences for a non-Union EA. These concerns were relayed by the Union to the Australian Election Company.

    7 Dec 2017
  • CCER launches blatant attack on the Union

    Letters have been distributed across 11 dioceses in NSW and ACT to Catholic school staff by CSO and CEO directors, blatantly attacking the Union's position and accusing it of spreading mistruths. Already several days into the vote for a new enterprise agreement, the move is a desperate attempt by CCER to sway their members to vote for the agreement, even though it puts all their working and pay conditions at risk.

    7 Dec 2017
  • Those in the know vote NO

    As the Catholic employers' proposed EA goes to the vote today, many members have already contacted the Union informing them of their NO vote. Members recognise that their rights are in peril. They recognise that if they don't prevent this EA from passing through, then they could lose the right to arbitration forever.

    5 Dec 2017
  • Union responds to members' concerns regarding EA voting

    IEU Catholic school staff members have expressed their concern with the electronic voting ballot for their new Enterprise Agreement, citing technical failures. The Union has sent a letter to the Australian Electoral Commission detailing the issues and requesting an urgent solution.

    5 Dec 2017
  • "Solidarity to you all" - Letter of support from Sally McManus

    ACTU Secretary Sally McManus has written a letter of support to IEU members as they take stop work action on Monday 4 December.

    4 Dec 2017
  • Letter to Catholic school parents

    A letter has been distributed to parents in Catholic schools regarding the forthcoming strike action being taken by Catholic school staff.

    1 Dec 2017
  • Take action now

    Send an email to your Federal MP demanding that the Fair Work Act be amended to provide for the arbitration of disputes referred by either part to the dispute and tell your story of why it matters to you.

    1 Dec 2017
  • News release: Catholic teachers escalate strike action

    Thousands of Catholic school teachers and support staff across NSW and the ACT will stop work on Monday, 4 December for four hours in the next round of industrial action to protest Catholic employers’ stubborn refusal to strike a reasonable bargain.

    30 Nov 2017
  • Venues of stop work rallies - 4 December 2017

    Rallies and stop work meetings will be held in the locations listed below.

    29 Nov 2017
  • Vote NO to employers' EA (video)

    IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary John Quessy has released a video encouraging members in Catholic systemic schools to vote NO to employers' EA.

    29 Nov 2017
  • Overwhelming success in Union vote for protected action

    Nearly all of the 110 Chapters that participated in the Union’s recent electronic vote for protected action were successful.

    28 Nov 2017
  • Save the Date - Stop work Monday 4 December 2017

    IEU will be calling all members in Catholic systemic schools who are able to take protected action to stop work on Monday 4 December to protest against the Employers’ Enterprise Agreement.

    28 Nov 2017
  • CCER oppose IEU stop work action because of “festival”

    CCER executive director Tony Farley and IEU Secretary John Quessy have exchanged letters regarding the Australian Catholic Youth Festival occurring next week, which Farley insists should dissuade IEU from taking stop work action.

    27 Nov 2017
  • Vote NO to the Catholic Employers' "Agreement"

    In an unprecedented action, Catholic employers have circulated a proposed Enterprise Agreement to teachers and staff across all 11 dioceses. Never before, anywhere in the country, have they proposed an agreement that is not endorsed by the Union.

    24 Nov 2017
  • IEU receives messages of support

    IEU branches from around the country have sent messages of solidarity to IEU NSW/ACT members as they take industrial action over a dispute with the Catholic Commission of Employee Relations, who are denying Catholic school teachers and support staff the right to arbitration.

    23 Nov 2017
  • Stop press: Vote NO to proposed EA

    As Newsmonth goes to press, employers have circulated their proposed enterprise agreement to Catholic systemic schools.

    22 Nov 2017
  • Over 100 schools ballot for action

    This week, over one hundred schools in 11 Catholic dioceses will undertake protected action ballots in a bid to take further industrial action against the Catholic Commission of Employment Relations.

    21 Nov 2017
  • OECTA sends message in support of industrial action

    Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association President, Liz Stuart has sent a letter to IEU president, Chris Wilkinson in support of the industrial action taken by IEU members in response to CCER's refusal to include an effective arbitration clause in their latest enterprise agreement.

    3 Nov 2017
  • Sydney stop work rally broadcast on Facebook Live

    Today, Catholic school teachers in Sydney took industrial action and rallied in protest to CCER's decision to obstruct their right to arbitraiton in their latest enterprise agreement.

    1 Nov 2017
  • IEU calls stop work - Armidale, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong

    Protected action ballots were granted by the AEC for schools across NSW and the ACT. The Union is asking members to stop work from the commencement of duty to 12.30 pm on the dates set out above.

    31 Oct 2017
  • News release: Catholic teachers to strike

    Teachers and support staff in Archdiocese of Sydney Catholic systemic schools will stop work on the morning of Wednesday, 1 November to fight for their right to arbitration.

    31 Oct 2017
  • IEU informs parents about industrial action

    IEU has made this letter available to parents of students in NSW and ACT Catholic systemic schools, which are taking industrial action.

    31 Oct 2017
  • Venues announced for stop work rallies

    Catholic schools around NSW and ACT are taking industrial action to protest CCER's refusal to grant access to an independent umpire in their latest Enterprise Agreement.

    31 Oct 2017
  • IEU calls stop work - Canberra and Goulburn Catholic schools

    Protected action ballots have been granted by the AEC for 22 schools in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, including most secondary schools and many primary schools. The Union is asking members to stop work from the commencement of duty until 12.30pm on Thursday 2 November.

    28 Oct 2017
  • IEU calls stop work - Maitland and Newcastle Catholic schools

    Protected action ballots have been granted by the AEC for 35 schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The Union is asking members to stop work from the commencement of duty until 12.30pm on Thursday 2 November.

    28 Oct 2017
  • IEU calls stop work - Parramatta Catholic schools

    Protected action ballots have been granted by the AEC for over 130 schools in the metropolitan area. The Union is asking members in the Parramatta Diocese to stop work from the commencement of duty until 12.30pm on Thursday 2 November.

    28 Oct 2017
  • IEU calls stop work - Sydney and Broken Bay Catholic schools

    Protected action ballots have been granted by the AEC for over 100 schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney and the Diocese of Broken Bay. The Union is asking members in these schools to stop work from the commencement of duty until 12.30pm on Wednesday 1 November.

    28 Oct 2017
  • Message for Broken Bay/Sydney Catholic Systemic schools that voted yes

    It's time for action.

    25 Oct 2017
  • AEC grants and declares protected action ballots

    The AEC has granted and declared protected action ballots in Catholic systemic schools.

    11 Oct 2017
  • Catholic schools video update 6: Transcript

    It is Monday October 9th and this is my 6th update for our members in the 11 Catholic Dioceses.

    9 Oct 2017
  • Catholic systemic schools holding attendance ballots

    Listed below are the schools where the AEC will hold Protected Action Ballots at school on the dates and times indicated.

    6 Oct 2017
  • Don't delay - have your say

    During the second week of the school holidays most members in Catholic Systemic schools should receive ballot papers asking you to vote on industrial action.

    28 Sep 2017
  • Catholic schools video update 5 transcript

    This is update number 5 for Catholic schools. Today is September the 20th.

    20 Sep 2017
  • Industrial action: Vote YES!

    Ballots will begin arriving at your home address in the last week of holidays.

    19 Sep 2017
  • Did you get this from your employer?

    CCER has sent a statement to employees in Catholic systemic schools regarding their new Enterprise Agreement. Here is the Union's response.

    19 Sep 2017
  • Union wins right to industrial action: video update

    IEU Secretary John Quessy has released another video update regarding the progress of the new Enterprise Agreement for Catholic systemic schools. In the video Quessy states that "the Fair Work Commission has granted the Union's application for Protected Action Ballots" and "IEU is currently negotiating the timetable for those ballots with the Australian Electoral Commission."

    13 Sep 2017
  • Lismore CSO EA: Fact Check 2

    Another letter has been distributed by Catholic Employers in the Lismore Diocese regarding the progress of the Enterprise Agreement.

    12 Sep 2017
  • Breaking news: FWC grants IEU’s application for Protected Action Ballots

    Last night the FWC granted the IEU’s application for Protected Action Ballots in the 11 Catholic Dioceses.

    8 Sep 2017
  • Thanks for your help

    Appreciation goes to Catholic systemic sector principals for their understanding and support during the current negotiations for the next enterprise agreement for teachers and general employees.

    7 Sep 2017
  • IEU receives letter of support from OECTA

    IEU has received a letter from the president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, Liz Stuart, in support of its position in the ongoing dispute with CCER.

    5 Sep 2017
  • News release: Employers put up roadblocks

    Catholic school teachers and support staff across NSW and the ACT are fighting for their right to take industrial action after the employer created a series of legal roadblocks to the Union's quest to be granted permission to strike by the Fair Work Commission.

    31 Aug 2017
  • IEU release video update after FWC hearing

    ​​​​​Today, IEU Secretary John Quessy informed members on the progress of IEU's application for protect action ballots to the Fair Work Commission through a video message.

    30 Aug 2017
  • IEU releases EA update video

    IEU Secretary John Quessy has informed members on the progress of their Enterprise Agreement through a two minute video published on Facebook and YouTube. The move comes ahead of IEU's application for a protected action ballot order to the Fair Work Commission today, 29 August 2017.

    29 Aug 2017
  • Lismore CSO EA: Fact Check

    If you work for the Lismore diocese you will have received this letter from your Catholic Employers. Again, they’ve not told the whole truth.

    28 Aug 2017
  • Where is our Enterprise Agreement really at?

    IEU has received many questions from members in Catholic systemic schools on the progress of the current EA discussions with CCER. The Catholic employers have been spreading misinformation on the status of the Agreement and the IEU will clarify what is actually occurring (especially re the dispute over arbitration) through a Facebook Live Q&A event, this Thursday 17 August at 4 pm.

    24 Aug 2017
  • IEU Q&A Facebook Live August

    On Facebook Live yesterday, IEU Secretary John Quessy answered members' questions about its dispute with CCER over the new Enterprise Agreement for Catholic systemic schools, especially in regards to arbitration.

    18 Aug 2017
  • News release: Teachers should not sign NAPLAN confidentiality agreement

    The Independent Education Union (IEU) is advising its members not to sign confidentiality agreements in relation to the administration of NAPLAN online testing.

    14 Aug 2017
  • IEU releases petition to resolve outstanding issues with EA

    On Friday 11 August, IEU requested members to sign a petition to be submitted to CCER to resolve outstanding issues with the proposed EA, including those surrounding arbitration.

    14 Aug 2017
  • Update: Catholic employers oppose the right to take protected action

    By 2 August 2017, over 500 schools across NSW and the ACT supported the IEU motion to commence the process for protected action ballots. Given this overwhelming response, the Union applied to the Fair Work Commission for protected action ballot orders (PABOs).

    10 Aug 2017
  • Workforce NSW reports: Catholic schools set to strike

    Catholic systemic teachers look set to instigate rolling strikes in September over an alleged failure by employer Catholic Commission of Employment Relations (CCER) to recognise their right to arbitration.

    2 Aug 2017
  • There is NO agreement

    NO agreement has been reached by the IEU and Catholic employers

    2 Aug 2017
  • Unions NSW and all affiliates support IEU staff in Catholic systemic schools

    On Thursday 27 July, IEU informed Mark Morey, Secretary of Unions NSW of the dispute between the IEU and Catholic employers throughout NSW and the ACT.

    28 Jul 2017
  • IEU Q&A goes Facebook Live

    On Facebook Live today, John Quessy, Secretary IEUA NSW/ACT Branch answered members' questions about the Catholic schools campaign.

    27 Jul 2017
  • News release: Catholic schools staff plan industrial action

    Catholic school teachers and support staff across NSW and the ACT are planning a series of rolling stop work actions to defend their right to a fair hearing in front of the industrial umpire.

    24 Jul 2017
  • IEU calls for protected action

    The Union has not been able to reach agreement with the Catholic Commission of Employment Relations (CCER) concerning the new enterprise agreement (EA) to apply to NSW and ACT Catholic systemic schools.

    20 Jul 2017
  • Update: Catholic systemic schools EA for teachers and general employees

    The Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) has disputed the right to arbitration under the existing systemic EA clause.

    20 Jul 2017
  • Catholic independent schools EA – at last

    Support and operational staff enterprise agreements in over 30 NSW Catholic independent schools have recently been approved by Fair Work Commission (FWC).

    19 Jul 2017
  • Action in Catholic systemic schools

    Support staff and teachers are voting for action to support their Union in negotiations with the Catholic employers.

    19 Jul 2017
  • Update: Catholic systemic schools EA

    Negotiations between the Union and the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) have reached a critical point as we await a response from the employers on significant elements of the IEU claim for teachers and support staff.

    15 Jun 2017
  • Maitland-Newcastle CSO restructure – what you need to know

    Union seeks to protect members.

    15 Jun 2017
  • IEU Reps Update : Catholic Systemic Schools

    At the meeting of 18 March 2017 IEU Council authorised the calling of protected industrial action including part and full day stop work action, on a diocese by diocese basis.

    24 Mar 2017
  • Employers delay on IEU Claim for Catholic systemic schools

    The IEU is seeking pay rises and greater regulation to address the increasing workload pressures felt by members as part of our claim in the current round of enterprise bargaining.

    14 Mar 2017
  • Dioceses in denial: industrial action possible

    Members will recall the current enterprise agreement (EA) for teachers and support staff in NSW and ACT Catholic systemic schools expired at the end of 2016.

    1 Mar 2017
  • Agreement preferred

    Stella Maris College Manly support and operational staff have signed a petition requesting a single enterprise agreement for their school.

    6 Feb 2017
  • Better status and pay

    In early November the Union made a claim with the Catholic employers for teachers and support staff in NSW and the ACT.

    6 Feb 2017
  • Catholic systemic schools: IEU pursues pay and conditions claim

    The NSW Government has agreed to a 2.5% pay rise from January in 2017, 2018 and 2019 for teachers in public schools and there is also an agreement in place in ACT public schools.

    1 Feb 2017
  • Union Notifies Maitland-Newcastle Employer Of Impending Industrial Action

    23 Jun 2014