The IEU represents non-teaching support staff in schools, colleges and other educational institutions, with the exception of those employed in early childhood services.
Support staff can include school secretaries, teachers' aides, laboratory and library assistants, canteen staff, maintenance workers and groundkeepers.
The Union has achieved regular increases for support staff comparable with those of teacher-members and has constantly sought to improve working conditions for support staff in line with improvements achieved for teachers. Occupational Health and Safety is a major priority of the union and of particular concern for support staff.
The participation of support staff within the Union is further strengthened through the School Support Staff Advisory Committee and the contribution of Support Staff Vice President Carolyn Collins as a member of the IEU Executive.
The School Support Staff Advisory Committee has seven members from a broad range of classifications and sectors including clerical employees, school assistants, boarding house staff, and grounds and maintenance staff.
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The IEU has written to all members about the Public Health Order on mandatory vaccination. Read it here.24 Sep 2021
The NSW Government has made a Public Health Order relating to all school and early education staff. Read more.24 Sep 2021
Teachers who are due or overdue to complete accreditation in Terms 3 or 4, 2021, have been granted an extension. Find out more.22 Sep 2021
Thanks to the activism of Australian unionists and community members, Trade Minister Dan Tehan publicly stated last week that Australia is now supporting the global push for a waiver on intellectual property rules that give pharmaceutical companies 20-year monopolies on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.17 Sep 2021
The IEU has offered three-month fee exemption to all casual teachers and support staff financial members, this email was sent to all eligible members on 2 August 2021. This is in recognition of the impact the current lockdown is likely to be having on your casual employment.16 Sep 2021