Supporting the independent education community

Dot joins them up

Hunter Valley school secretary Dot Seamer has taken on the role of Union Rep, and is encouraging all support staff to join the Union.

Dot Seamer is known by so many in her various roles in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese. School secretary at the Holy Spirit Infants School, she has been working in Abermain for 10 years and an IEU member all of that time.

“I have a keen interest in all things on behalf of school support staff, I particularly would like to see support staff have long service leave on par with teachers. I’m very pleased that at my school, all support staff are members of the IEU.”

Having observed closely what makes school staff join the Union, Dot is firmly of the belief that IEU member density can be increased in schools and in the region. She says it can be done by creating special days to attract support and operational staff to meetings where they can hear and share useful information and problem solve. If staff can see positive action and positive outcomes through IEU activity then we get more and more members, “it’s as simple as that”!

Look out for more from Dot in the forthcoming issue of Newsmonth, due out on 15 May.