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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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
NESA has notified members that its online eTAMS system has undergone a significant upgrade. As a consequence, members may be experiencing some usability issues while they finalise and configure the system.14 Dec 2017
Well done members! CEOs in almost all dioceses have committed to backpay teachers and support staff.13 Dec 2017
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
News release: Teachers and support staff in Catholic schools reject employers’ enterprise agreement outright
Teachers and support staff in Catholic schools have rejected an enterprise agreement (EA), which was not endorsed by the Union in a ballot declared yesterday.12 Dec 2017