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 compiled a list of services and resources available to people affected by the ongoing bushfire disaster. This list is not exhaustive, and further information may continue to be added if appropriate.17 Jan 2020
We are collecting information and stories from members who have been either directly, or indirectly, affected by the ongoing bushfire disaster. These stories and anecdotes, with your permission, may be included in the upcoming edition of Newsmonth, and in ongoing negotiations with employers.16 Jan 2020
Understanding and responding to trauma following a natural disaster – advice for early childhood teachers
Community Early Learning Australia has produced a useful article with advice for dealing with the bushfire trauma, including self care for early childhood teachers and addressing the needs of young children who may have experienced trauma.15 Jan 2020
The Union is offering an opportunity to engage with experts in responding to the effects bushfires have on students/children and staff.15 Jan 2020
The union has been advised by Catholic Education Canberra and Goulburn (CECG) that at least 12 Catholic schools have been affected by bushfire. They are Batehaven, Moruya, Broulee, Bega, Pambula, Bombala, Cooma, Batlow, Adelong. Tumut, Braidwood and Gundagai. Some independent schools and early childhood centres have also been affected, including Scots College, Glengarry campus at Kangaroo Valley.14 Jan 2020