Meet Correna - Our New Federal President
Former primary school teacher and SA Branch President, Correna Haythorpe, is taking over from Angelo.
Correna spent 17 years as a teacher in public primary schools, mainly in low-SES areas of northern Adelaide and Port Pirie, in South Australia.
She became active in the SA branch of the union in the 1990s and served as Women’s Officer for the SA branch, focusing on paid maternity leave and better conditions for female teachers, before serving as President from 2008 to 2013.
She led the union through a long-running industrial dispute with the SA Government as well as organising the “I Give a Gonski” and “Stop TAFE Cuts” campaigns. She took on the additional role of Deputy Federal President of the AEU in 2013, working closely with Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos and Federal Secretary Susan Hopgood.
She says her first priorities as President will be to continue the fight for Gonski funding and for the promised disability loading. She has also cited proper funding for indigenous education and stopping TAFE cuts to ensure all students have a post-school pathway as key issues for the union.