Birrigai Industrial Training has been rescheduled for Term 3, date TBC. we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Our Industrial Training is coming up! Every AEU member is eligible, we have some fantastic sessions planned, you can apply for industrial leave (apply right now, as you read this!), and we'll provide overnight accomodation and all meals.
In this two-day conference, we will have workshops on building union power at your worksite, collectively solving problems through your Sub-Branch, resolving workplace disputes and how being union is more than what happens in our workplace - it's also about social justice. We'll also run campaign sessions on addressing workload and occupational violence.
To apply for industrial leave, you must use the paper form. Print the leave form, tick the box that says 'other' and write in 'Industrial Leave' then submit as usual. Once you've applied, talk to a colleague about coming too.
Once again, our union is gathering on Palm Sunday to advocate for the human rights of refugees. Australia continues to detain men, women and children in mandatory offshore detention.
Last year, teachers and other professionals who worked with refugee children on Nauru and Manus Island risked two years' jail if they publicly talked about children who have been abused, who have expressed suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harm. These educators were put in the unjust position where they risked prosecution if they spoke publicly about the rights violations they witnessed and continue to not be addressed.
That's why our union is gathering to protest the inhumane treatment of these children and their families. Wear your AEU shirt, meet us at 12.45pm at the merry-go-round, and bring your family and friends with you.
This training will focus on workshopping how your Sub-Branch can fix problems at your workplace, including how you incentivise the person/organisation with power to make change, practice drafting Sub-Branch motions and discuss the industrial tools you can use to enforce things our union has already won. We will also practice negotiating solutions with your school leadership on behalf of your Sub-Branch.
This training is open to Sub-Branch Presidents, Deputy Presidents and Secretaries. You are eligible to industrial leave for this training. To apply, print off the paper version of the application for leave form, tick the other box and write in 'Industrial Leave'.
This year, we're very excited for the duo of Chris Sarra as our guest of honour and Tom Ballard as our MC.
Chris Sarra is an Australian educator of Aboriginal and Italian heritage. He has worked as a principal in Queensland and, with the support of the Queensland Government, he established the Indigenous Education Leadership Institute, the forerunner to the Stronger Smarter Institute.
Stand-up comedian and former Triple J Breakfast Host Tom Ballard has been awarded some notable gongs, including the 2013 ARIA for Best Comedy Release and the 2016 Pinder Prize in honour of Australian comedy aficionado John Pinder. He's also a proud social justice crusader, and his podcast Like I'm a Six Year Old explores current political questions with a comic edge.
Tickets will go on sale on Monday, 20th March. To purchase tickets, call Lucy in the AEU Office on 6272 7900. Pricing is $45 for members and $75 for other guests.
Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity for new teachers across the ACT!!
The two day conference will combine keynote speakers from a range of backgrounds with workshops designed to develop your skills in a wide range of areas, including:
- Addressing occupational violence
- Establishing and expanding new educator support networks
- Doing what you love but not burning out
- Issue-based campaigning
- Your rights as an activist
- Social media and communications for activists
RSVP here to secure your spot and apply now for industrial leave! The AEU will cover your attendance costs, including meals and entry to any social events. This is a two day conference from 9am to 3pm on Thursday 3rd March and Friday 4th March.