IEUA-QNT is celebrating its 100 year anniversary and its history illustrates the important influence unions have on society. This is an abridged version of an address to IEU Council on 15 June by IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke.
Not too many organisations can point to one hundred years of history; certainly, in terms of education unions in Australia, we are the longest standing non government education union and, in terms of public sector education unions, we are not too far behind, being one of the oldest education unions in the country. This is a special moment in our history.
It is recorded that about mid 1919 a meeting of approximately 20 assistant masters in metropolitan, non government schools was held to “consider forming an Assistant Masters’ Association”.