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 called on teachers and support staff members in Catholic systemic schools in NSW and the ACT to stop work on Thursday. However, other members may wish to attend the rallies to show solidarity with their colleagues in Catholic schools. All members are welcome.27 Jun 2022
IEU members in 537 Catholic systemic schools throughout NSW and the ACT congratulate teachers and support staff from another 26 schools who voted overwhelmingly this week for the right to take protected industrial action in support of new enterprise agreements.24 Jun 2022
On Thursday 30 June members of the Independent Education Union will stop work for a full day. Teachers in NSW government schools will also stop work for the day. It is the first time in 26 years that both unions have taken action at the same time. Here is our letter to parents and school communities explaining our action and inviting their support.24 Jun 2022
It's on! Members in Catholic systemic schools in NSW and the ACT are stopping work on Thursday 30 June alongside members of the NSW Teachers Federation. Here's a list of rally and march locations.22 Jun 2022
The decision to take 24-hour joint strike action on 30 June was made after a historic joint meeting between the executive of the NSW Teachers Federation and the Independent Education Union of Australia (NSW/ACT).21 Jun 2022