Supporting the independent education community


  • CSO staff stop work for a second time

    Over 50 IEU members working in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Schools Office stopped work on Wednesday, to demand they remain covered by their union bargained enterprise agreement and not be shifted to individual contracts under an administrative restructure.

    06 Dec 2019
  • Anzac Day holiday in ACT 2020 - school term dates

    Anzac Day in 2020 falls on the last Saturday of the NSW /ACT school break.

    05 Dec 2019
  • NewsExtra: Independent schools start bargaining

    Independent schools across NSW and the ACT have recently issued Notices of Employee Representation Rights (NERRs). This is the first step employers are legally required to take prior to commencement of negotiations to make new multi-enterprise agreements (MEAs).

    03 Dec 2019
  • Bargaining Update: Catholic systemic schools

    IEU representatives met with the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER), representing the Dioceses, twice in November to discuss our claim.

    03 Dec 2019
  • News Release: Second stop work for Catholic schools staff

    Education officers, professional officers, psychologists and administrative staff employed at the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Schools Office (CSO) will engage in a second round of protected industrial action following further restructure announcements by the diocese this week.

    29 Nov 2019
  • Ensuring Integrity: Federal government’s union-busting legislation rejected by senate

    Yesterday afternoon, the Morrison government’s anti-democratic, anti-worker, anti-union attack was busted in the senate.

    29 Nov 2019
  • QLD Update: School strikes suspended to prevent "chaos"

    Teachers and support staff have voted to suspend work bans in 196 Queensland Catholic schools, preventing chaos in classrooms across the state following their employers lockout threat.

    28 Nov 2019
  • NSW/ACT IEU members back Queensland colleagues

    Secretary Mark Northam has expressed the union's support for our Queensland colleagues, 7000 of whom are facing the unprecedented threat of being locked out of their schools as agreement negotiations escalate.

    27 Nov 2019
  • IEU members threatened with lockouts in Queensland Catholic Schools

    Our colleagues in Catholic schools in Queensland have, in response to their current round of industrial action, been threatened by their employer with indefinite lockouts from their workplaces.

    26 Nov 2019
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    As today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the IEU national office has released another ‘IEU Speaks’ which focuses on ILO Convention 190. This Convention has a particular focus on ending workplace harassment and bullying and complements the earlier IEU Speaks which focused on the 16 days of action against gendered violence.

    25 Nov 2019