"It is with incredible sadness that I write to express the condolences of your Union colleagues here in Australia following the terrorist attack on your people on Friday.
Like good people everywhere, IEU members were horrified and appalled at the hate filled actions of the terrorist gunman in Christchurch.
It is unimaginable, even as close as we are, the amount of suffering and hurt being felt right across your community.
We are acutely aware of the extraordinary task that your members will face as students return to their schools, colleges and universities in coming days. They are in our thoughts.
The IEU stands ready to continue to work with you, to stand together with you, as our Unions work with our colleagues and our students to build a more tolerant, inclusive and peaceful world, both in our local communities and globally."
IEUA NSW/ACT Council of 16 March observed a minute’s silence out of respect for the slain in Christchurch, New Zealand.